British champion Mark Cavendish sprinted to victory in an thrilling end to the Tour of Britain’s fourth stage.

Team Sky’s British duo Bradley Wiggins and Ian Stannard remain first and second in the overall standings after finishing in the main bunch.

Cavendish surged past stage one victor Elia Viviani of Cannondale and Steele Vonseiten Hoff of Garmin Sharp for your win.

He said: “I are really happy about the super job of the guys in the team, which stayed with me the entire day. inch

A breakaway group of 11 bikers was clear for much of the particular 190. 9km stage from Stoke-on-Trent to Llanberis in the Snowdonia National Park.

With only 1km leftover, however , they were swallowed up from the chasing pack, setting up a thrilling complete.

Cavendish’s Omega Pharma-Quickstep team assisted work him into a promising position, sitting on the wheel of Alessandro Petacchi for the final leadout, plus no-one could catch him once he surged ahead.

“Fortunately there were the entire day with Iljo (Keisse) in the break, so we didn’t have to trip behind, ” added Manxman Cavendish, whose
25 stage is victorious in the Tour de France is bettered only by Eddy Merckx (34) and Bernard Hinaut (28).

“On the last climb, I must say I was at the limit, but the guys stayed with me and introduced me back. They showed a large commitment.

“That is why I did my best in the sprint. Also Petacchi, who was still suffering from the particular crash of a couple days ago, wanted to be there. He really led me out in the last. He put me in the greatest position for the sprint. Now we have been looking forward to the next stages. ”

Wiggins defended his gold jersey with a 37-second advantage over Stannard.

He or she said: “It always looks simpler than it is but it was hard out there. There was a lot of wind plus cold weather but the boys did an amazing job.

“They rode all day to keep the gap at about 3 or 4 minutes, and then on the final ascend, Ian took it up and do a really impressive job. The episodes started coming but I was at all times riding just a little bit within personally.

“I knew the run-in as well because [Team Sky boss] Sir Dave Brailsford lived in this particular town and it’s another day ticked away because there are no easy days within the Tour of Britain. ”

Stage five, a 177. 1km ride from Machynlleth, Powys, to Caerphilly, takes place on Thursday.

Wiggins added: “I recce’d it a week ago and it’s a tough one with two ascents of Caerphilly. Everyone knows it and it’s become a bit of a legendary phase now on the Tour of The uk, but my legs are o . k.

“It’s surprising how much the 15km time trial can take away from you so I’m always pleased to get the day after a time demo out of the way and get back on the road bike. ”

The eight-stage, 1, 045. 4km race finishes in London on Sunday.

Phase result:

1 Mark Cavendish (GB) Omega Pharma-Quick Step 4hrs 45mins 42secs,

2 Elia Viviani (Ita) Cannondale Pro Cycling from same time

3 Steele Von Hoff (Aus) Garmin-Sharp from same time

4 Matteo Pelucchi (Ita) IAM Cycling at same time

5 Jose Joaquin Rojas Gil (Spa) Movistar Team from same time

General classification:

1 Friend Bradley Wiggins (GB) Sky Procycling 16 hours, 11 minutes, 36 seconds

2 Ian Stannard (GB) Sky Procycling at 37 secs

3 Martin Elmiger (Swi) IAM Cycling at 47 secs

four Jack Bauer (Nzl) Garmin-Sharp from 55 secs

5 Alex Dowsett (GB) Movistar Team at 57 secs

Chosen others:

22 Mark Cavendish (GB) Omega Pharma-Quick Step + 1min 47secs

Contributed to Spy Rodriguez of SexToSol