Race report

Chris Hamilton first home after hilly day at the Tour of Britain

OVO Tour of Britain

The peloton was faced with arguably the toughest stage at the Tour of Britain today, with a pacours that was constantly up and down throughout the day, accumulating over 2700 metres of elevation gain. Once out of the neutralised section the fight to get into the breakaway was on, with numerous attacks at the head of the race. Eventually the elastic snapped and a trio of riders broke clear, gaining an advantage of over three minutes on the peloton.

Heading towards the difficult final 40 kilometres only one rider was left at the head of the race and the pace in the bunch was high. Over the steep KOM climb, the peloton splintered into several groups. Chris Hamilton was in the front group of around 15, before a second group that included Florian Stork made its way back on after things slowed down. There was a lack of control in the bunch which resulted in a multitude of attacks, with both Hamilton and Stork active.

A group of three managed to escape, building up a lead of 25 seconds over the peloton. However, they were ultimately caught within the last kilometre, as the road kicked up towards the finish. Hamilton was the first rider across the line for the team on the tricky finale.

“All the guys were faultless all day, looking after me throughout the stage,” said Hamilton at the finish. “Unfortunately, I just wasn’t good enough in the final after spending maybe a bit too much energy on the attack and covering the moves earlier in the stage.”

Team Sunweb coach Matt Winston added: “It was good work from the team at the start, where there were a lot of attacks before a break of three went away. The plan for the guys was to bring Chris, our GC guy, into the front as we hit the last KOM of the day because there were narrow roads for around 16 kilometres. The guys did a really good job at that but unfortunately Chad had to have a bike change at the bottom of the climb and that took him out of the race. Chris and Florian were left in the front. which was what we expected. They did a good job at covering the moves when there was a lot of jumping in the group but they probably used a little bit too much gas to get a result at the finish.”

Results

Pos. Rider Team Time Points
1 VAN DER POEL Mathieu Corendon - Circus 4:23:08 20
2 DE BUYST Jasper Lotto Soudal 0:03 10
3 CLARKE Simon EF Education First ,, 5
26 HAMILTON Chris Team Sunweb 0:14 -
39 STORK Florian Team Sunweb 0:34 -
74 CURVERS Roy Team Sunweb 14:39 -
75 HAGA Chad Team Sunweb ,, -
76 EEKHOFF Nils Team Sunweb ,, -
108 BOL Cees Team Sunweb 21:03 -