Jonathan Tiernan-Locke clinches Tour of Britain title as Mark Cavendish wins final stage

Tiernan-Locke clinches Tour of Britain title as Cavendish wins final stage

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16:08 GMT, 16 September 2012

Jonathan Tiernan-Locke held off his nearest challengers to become the first home rider to win the Tour of Britain for 19 years.

The 27-year-old Devonian had led Austrian Nathan Haas by 18 seconds and Italian Damiano Caruso by 23 seconds heading into Sunday's final stage in Surrey.

Making history: Tiernan-Locke became the first home rider to win the Tour of Britain for 19 years

Making history: Tiernan-Locke became the first home rider to win the Tour of Britain for 19 years

Making history: Tiernan-Locke became the first home rider to win the Tour of Britain for 19 years

Making history: Tiernan-Locke became the first home rider to win the Tour of Britain for 19 years

Tiernan-Locke was able to finish in the
main bunch to clinch victory as Mark Cavendish sprinted home in
Guildford to win his third stage of this year's race.

Fellow Brits Peter Williams and Kristian House won the sprint and king of the mountains jerseys respectively.

Williams, won the stage's three intermediate sprints to pick up nine points and finish on 45, almost double the amount of the second-placed rider, his Node 4 Giordana team-mate Marcin Bialoblocki.

Manx missile: Cavendish is cheered on by the locals as he sprints home

Manx missile: Cavendish is cheered on by the locals as he sprints home

Manx missile: Cavendish is cheered on by the locals as he sprints home