Cavendish blow leaves Rowe Sky high
Luke Rowe took advantage of Team Sky team-mate Mark Cavendish's crash to win the first stage of the Tour of Britain.
The 22-year-old Welshman outsprinted Boy van Poppel and fellow Briton Russell Downing to win the 200km Ipswich to Norwich route after 27-year-old world road race champion Cavendish was brought down in a pile-up just 1km from the finish line.
Cavendish did manage to get back on his bike and finished the stage but it was not the result Team Sky will have been anticipating before the start.
The crash also accounted for Cavendish's sprint rival Tyler Farrar, but Rowe was not complaining as he marked his late call-up for the Tour by claiming the overall leader's gold jersey.
"I'm not ruling myself out of being near the top of the general classification (GC) at the end," he told ITV4.
"I will remember that day for a long time. I've ridden all over the world and I've never seen crowds like that."
British rider Kristian House, who was part of a leading breakaway for much of the stage, finished with the King of the Mountains jersey riding for Rapha Condor Sharp.