Tour Of Britain Round Stage: The Second Half Of The Action
After an interesting first half to the competition, the second half has given fans even more to talk about; the action hasn’t ceased and each stage has been littered with suprises all ‘round.
Stage 5 saw the athletes compete in a grueling race from Exmouth to Exeter; the 177.3 kilometer slog was eventually one by Matthias Brandle of the IAM Cycling team, who tackled the Stoke Hill climb to devastate his nearest competition. The Austrian rider was followed by Shance Archbold and Maarten Wynants, who rode into second and third place respectively.
Michal Kwiatkowski crossed the line in seventh place, close enough to the front to retain control of the Friends Life Yellow Jersey.
The next day was another day of surprise and spectacle as the rider’s took on another challenging route between Bath and Hemel Hempstead. A three man breakaway was all it took for Matthias Brandle to win a second consecutive victory. The move was enough to place British rider Alex Dowsett into the Yellow Jersey after what can only be described as one of the most thrilling an dramatic stages of the competition.
The trio at the front, consisting of Brandle, Dowsett and Tom Stewart rode together for the majority of the stage, cheered on by hundreds of spectators. If you haven’t seen the action yet, find the nearest link you can and watch it all unfold.
Stage 7 consisted of an incredible 226.5 kilometer ride from Camberley to Brighton and when all was said and done, a sixth rider was left wearing the coveted Yellow Jersey. Julien Vermote managed to tackle a series of challenging hill climbs with relative ease, winning the race but it was the action that followed that saw the jersey change hands, with Dylan Van Baarle unhorsing a tired looking Alex Dowsett from the top spot.
Second place was awarded to Ignatas Konovalovas and third to Dylan Van Baarle, who managed to take a 19 second lead on Michal Kwiatkowski.
The action will wrap up on Sunday, as the riders will enter London and face a Time Trial over an 8.8 kilometer long course before tackling the final circuit race around London itself.
Christopher Lawless of Team GB will be the first rider to take on the Time Trial.
All eyes will be on London this Sunday. Brace yourself for a shocker – if Sunday is going to be like the rest of the week before, you’re going to be in for a surprise or two! That much is certain.
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