Tour of Britain: Wout van Aert wins opening stage

Nichole S. Gehr
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BODMIN ENGLAND SEPTEMBER 05 Wout Van Aert of Belgium and Team Jumbo Visma celebrates winning during the 17th Tour of Britain 2021 Stage 1 a 1808km stage from Penzance to Bodmin TourofBritain TourofBritain on September 05 2021 in Bodmin England Photo by Harry TrumpGetty Images

Van Aert wins stage 1 of the Tour of Britain (Image credit: Getty Images)
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BODMIN ENGLAND SEPTEMBER 05 Wout Van Aert of Belgium and Team Jumbo Visma celebrates winning during the 17th Tour of Britain 2021 Stage 1 a 1808km stage from Penzance to Bodmin TourofBritain TourofBritain on September 05 2021 in Bodmin England Photo by Harry TrumpGetty Images

Van Aert celebrates (Image credit: Getty Images)
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BODMIN ENGLAND SEPTEMBER 05 Wout Van Aert of Belgium and Team Jumbo Visma celebrates winning during the 17th Tour of Britain 2021 Stage 1 a 1808km stage from Penzance to Bodmin TourofBritain TourofBritain on September 05 2021 in Bodmin England Photo by Harry TrumpGetty Images

Van Aert makes it look easy (Image credit: Getty Images)
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Tour of Britain 2021 17th Edition 1st stage Penzance Bodmin 1808 km 05092021 Julian Alaphilippe FRA Deceuninck QuickStep Mark Cavendish GBR Deceuninck QuickStep Wout Van Aert BEL Jumbo Visma photo Alex BroadwaySWPixCVBettiniPhoto2021

A star-studded start line (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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BODMIN ENGLAND SEPTEMBER 05 Mark Cavendish of United Kingdom and Team Deceuninck QuickStep prepares for the race prior tothe 17th Tour of Britain 2021 Stage 1 a 1808km stage from Penzance to Bodmin TourofBritain TourofBritain on September 05 2021 in Bodmin England Photo by Harry TrumpGetty Images

Mark Cavendish and Wout van Aert at the start (Image credit: Getty Images)
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BODMIN ENGLAND SEPTEMBER 05 LR Julian Alaphilippe of France and Team Deceuninck QuickStep and Wout Van Aert of Belgium and Team Jumbo Visma speak prior to the 17th Tour of Britain 2021 Stage 1 a 1808km stage from Penzance to Bodmin TourofBritain TourofBritain on September 05 2021 in Bodmin England Photo by Harry TrumpGetty Images

Van Aert exchanges words with Julian Alaphilippe at the start (Image credit: Getty Images)
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BODMIN ENGLAND SEPTEMBER 05 James Callum Shaw of United Kingdom and Team Ribble Weldtite Pro Cycling and teammates during the team presentation prior to the 17th Tour of Britain 2021 Stage 1 a 1808km stage from Penzance to Bodmin TourofBritain TourofBritain on September 05 2021 in Bodmin England Photo by Harry TrumpGetty Images

Local tea Ribble Weldtite had a striking special-edition kit for the occasion (Image credit: Getty Images)
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BODMIN ENGLAND SEPTEMBER 05 Mark Cavendish of United Kingdom and Team Deceuninck QuickStep Julian Alaphilippe of France and Team Deceuninck QuickStep Wout Van Aert of Belgium and Team Jumbo Visma Andr Greipel of Germany and Team Israel StartUp Nation and the peloton compete during the 17th Tour of Britain 2021 Stage 1 a 1808km stage from Penzance to Bodmin TourofBritain TourofBritain on September 05 2021 in Bodmin England Photo by Harry TrumpGetty Images

The neutral start (Image credit: Getty Images)
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Tour of Britain 2021 17th Edition 1st stage Penzance Bodmin 1808 km 05092021 Scenery photo Alex BroadwaySWPixCVBettiniPhoto2021

The Cornish coastal roads (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Tour of Britain 2021 17th Edition 1st stage Penzance Bodmin 1808 km 05092021 Joey Rosskopf Team Rally Cycling photo Alex BroadwaySWPixCVBettiniPhoto2021

Joey Rosskopf leads the day’s breakaway (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Tour of Britain 2021 17th Edition 1st stage Penzance Bodmin 1808 km 05092021 Scenery photo Alex BroadwaySWPixCVBettiniPhoto2021

Rolling through an archetypal Cornish town (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Tour of Britain 2021 17th Edition 1st stage Penzance Bodmin 1808 km 05092021 Tim Declercq BEL Deceuninck QuickStep Tony Martin GER Jumbo Visma photo Alex BroadwaySWPixCVBettiniPhoto2021

Tim Declercq did lots of work in the peloton (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Tour of Britain 2021 17th Edition 1st stage Penzance Bodmin 1808 km 05092021 Scenery photo Alex BroadwaySWPixCVBettiniPhoto2021

Dlamini and Scott sprint for the mountains points (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Tour of Britain 2021 17th Edition 1st stage Penzance Bodmin 1808 km 05092021 Daniel Martin IRL Israel StartUp Nation photo Alex BroadwaySWPixCVBettiniPhoto2021

Dan Martin in the pack in one of his last races (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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BODMIN ENGLAND SEPTEMBER 05 Wout Van Aert of Belgium and Team Jumbo Visma celebrates winning the stage on the podium ceremony after the 17th Tour of Britain 2021 Stage 1 a 1808km stage from Penzance to Bodmin TourofBritain TourofBritain on September 05 2021 in Bodmin England Photo by Harry TrumpGetty Images

Van Aert on the podium (Image credit: Getty Images)
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BODMIN ENGLAND SEPTEMBER 05 Wout Van Aert of Belgium and Team Jumbo Visma celebrates winning the blue leader jersey on the podium ceremony after the 17th Tour of Britain 2021 Stage 1 a 1808km stage from Penzance to Bodmin TourofBritain TourofBritain on September 05 2021 in Bodmin England Photo by Harry TrumpGetty Images

Van Aert pulls on the leader’s jersey (Image credit: Getty Images)
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BODMIN ENGLAND SEPTEMBER 05 Wout Van Aert of Belgium and Team Jumbo Visma celebrates winning the turquoise points jersey on the podium ceremony after the 17th Tour of Britain 2021 Stage 1 a 1808km stage from Penzance to Bodmin TourofBritain TourofBritain on September 05 2021 in Bodmin England Photo by Harry TrumpGetty Images

Van Aert also pulled on the points jersey (Image credit: Getty Images)
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BODMIN ENGLAND SEPTEMBER 05 Jacob Scott of United Kingdom and Team Canyon DHB Sungod celebrates winning the green mountain jersey on the podium ceremony after the 17th Tour of Britain 2021 Stage 1 a 1808km stage from Penzance to Bodmin TourofBritain TourofBritain on September 05 2021 in Bodmin England Photo by Harry TrumpGetty Images

Jacob Scott pulls on the mountains jersey after his day in the break (Image credit: Getty Images)
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BODMIN ENGLAND SEPTEMBER 05 Jacob Scott of United Kingdom and Team Canyon DHB Sungod celebrates winning the red sprint jersey on the podium ceremony after the 17th Tour of Britain 2021 Stage 1 a 1808km stage from Penzance to Bodmin TourofBritain TourofBritain on September 05 2021 in Bodmin England Photo by Harry TrumpGetty Images

Scott is also the leader of the sprints classification (Image credit: Getty Images)

Wout van Aert (Jumbo-Visma) won the first stage of the Tour of Britain, and took the overall race lead, proving to be the strongest in a reduced bunch sprint. 

Positioning was crucial given the speed of the final kilometre, and Van Aert was well-placed entering the short, steep ramp up to the finish. 

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