September 9, 2018 / 4:39 PM / 2 months ago

Ewan wins Tour of Britain finale, Alaphilippe takes overall prize

FILE PHOTO: Cycling - Tour de France - The 200.5-km Stage 19 from Lourdes to Laruns - July 27, 2018 - Quick-Step Floors rider Julian Alaphilippe of France celebrates on the podium, wearing the polka-dot jersey. REUTERS/Stephane Mahe

LONDON (Reuters) - Australia’s Caleb Ewan won the eighth and final stage of the Tour of Britain around the streets of London’s West End as France’s Julian Alaphilippe claimed overall victory on Sunday.

After 14 laps of a circuit taking in Regent Street, Trafalgar Square and Piccadilly Circus, the Mitchelton Scott rider timed his sprint to perfection to cross the line ahead of Germany’s Andre Greipel and Colombian Fernando Gaviria.

Alaphilippe (Quick-Step Floors) finished safely in the peloton in the 77km finale watched by large crowds.

Team Sky’s Wout Poels, winner of Friday’s stage in the Lake District, finished second overall with green jersey leader Primoz Roglic completing the podium.

Reporting by Martyn Herman, editing by Ed Osmond

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