Wout van Aert took his 3rd victory at the Tour of Britain 2021, out-sprinting Ethan Hayter and Julian Alaphilippe, narrowing the gap in the general standings to 4 seconds.
Van Aert (Jumbo-Visma) came out on leading in a decide on group that went away thanks to an assault by the Belgian on the remaining important climb of the day.
Hayter (Ineos Grenadiers) held on to the general leader’s jersey, despite shedding four seconds in bonuses on the line to Van Aert with the race seeking like it may come down to the final day among the two riders with two stages to go.
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The day was one more assault-filled race, with Mark Cavendish (Deceuninck – Quick-Stage) receiving into the break prior to the plethora of counter moves later on on in the phase resulted in a decide on bunch dash in Gateshead at the foot of the Angel of the North.
How it occurred
The working day begun in a moist Carlisle with an additional hard 198km, which include a dip into the Lake District with the riders passing by Ullswater right before heading into the Pennines with three categorised climbs and a hilly last into Gateshead.
Originally a nine-guy break got absent with Mark Cavendish, Tim Declercq (Both Deceuninck – Quick-Move), Dan McLay (Arkéa-Samsic), Rory Townsend (Canyon-dhb-SunGod), Colin Joyce (Rally), Jimmy Janssens (Alpecin-Fenix), George Bennett (Jumbo-Visma), Mason Hollyman (Israel Start out-Up Nation) and Cumbrian area Mark Donovan (DSM).
Regretably for the split, Donovan was as well near in the general classification at 1-42 in ninth place total, so the workforce of the leader’s jersey Ethan Hayter, Ineos Grenadiers, chased difficult.
This designed Deceuninck – Fast-Step use their quantities and intentionally drop Donovan out of the again with intelligent driving by Cavendish. The Manx sprinter then bridged back again across to the leaders with Bennett leaving Donovan and Hollyman to check out and chase back again on.
The dropped pair have been not ready to bridge the gap and eventually they ended up caught by the peloton who permitted the hole head up to 3-50 at its peak. The motive Ineos were pegging it back was because of to Bennett and Joyce both of those becoming inside 4 minutes from Hayter, Bennett very best put at 3-18.
With 95km to go the race looked to have stabilised with the hole holding all around 3-40 as the race headed onto the next climb of the working day, Killhope Cross.
In the peloton, mountains jersey chief Jacob Scott (Canyon-dhb-SunGod) went over the best taking three points with team-mate Matt Bostock getting second with Scott then rolling above the leading of the remaining climb, Burtree Fell, confirming his victory in that classification. All he has to do is end the race.
The tempo had been upped by Richie Porte and Owain Doull at the front of the Ineos Grenadiers educate and the gap amongst the split and the peloton dipped below a few minutes.
Movistar joined Ineos on the front of the peloton as they looked to established up their leader of Gonzalo Serrano with Marc Soler and Gabs Cullaigh doing work difficult. Israel Commence-Up Country despatched Alex Dowsett to operate in the peloton with 53km to go as the gap went up to 3-15.
With 45km to go Staff DSM joined the chase that observed the hole plummet to 2-16, with the dim clouds and occasional rain opened out to a bit of sunshine.
With 20km to go the gap experienced dropped to 40 seconds as McLay dropped again to the peloton as he was not able to adhere to the higher pace any longer. Deceuninck – Rapid-Phase began pondering tactically in the front group but as the hole was at 36 seconds with 18km to go, it looked like the break was doomed.
Cavendish tried using a transfer but he was dragged again very promptly, this established up an assault by Declercq with Bennett hoping also but nothing stuck. Qhubeka-NextHash joined the pacing in the peloton with 15km to go.
The break was at last caught with 14km to go that noticed a counter go by James Shaw (Ribble-Weldtite) and Matteo Jorgenson (Movistar). Ineos Grenadiers took above chasing duties yet again.
With 13km to go Wout van Aert (Jumbo-Visma) attacked and flew past the leading duo with Michael Woods (Israel Commence-Up Nation) and Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck – Speedy-Action) leaping straight onto the wheel of the Belgian winner.
Hayter was dropped by the transfer with just 1 workforce-mate, Carlos Rodriguez, who dragged him again to the leaders. Woods experienced Dan Martin in assist of him as effectively as Mikkel Honoré with Alaphilippe.
Serrano built the selection far too with Shaw and Jorgenson both equally however keeping on following getting portion of a late go. Alaphilippe took gain of a traffic island with 11km to go and went solo but Rodriguez dragged the globe champion back yet once more.
Even Hayter himself adopted a transfer by Honoré but that was straight away snuffed out with extra and extra accelerations and counter attacks peppered the group. Woods went challenging with 8km to go and instantly obtained a gap on the team but Rodriguez was back again on the entrance chasing tough nonetheless once more.
Alaphilippe employed a very speedy descent to drag the hole to Woods proper down once again with Jorgenson creating the ultimate effort to provide him again. Rodriguez ongoing to established the solid tempo with 3km to go with Jorgenson retaking the guide for the remaining 2km to set up a pick out dash.
Honoré started the lead-out for Alaphilippe who kicked very first but Hayter and then Van Aert both equally powered by with Van Aert having as well a great deal speed to take the stage.
Reward seconds on the line implies that Van Aert now sits just four seconds driving Hayter in the general classification heading into the final two phases.
Phase seven heads into Scotland with a very hilly 194.8km taking on 3 categorised climbs but with at the very least 18 uncategorised climbs amongst Hawick and Edinburgh and a doable bunch dash.
Tour of Britain stage 6, Carlisle to Gateshead (198km)
1. Wout van Aert (Bel) Crew Jumbo-Visma, in 4-35-56
2. Ethan Hayter (GBr) Ineos Grenadiers
3. Julian Alaphilippe (Fra) Deceuninck – Brief-Step
4. Gonzalo Serrano (Esp) Movistar Team
5. James Shaw (GBr) Ribble-Weldtite Professional Biking
6. Michael Woods (Can) Israel Get started-Up Country
7. Dan Martin (Irl) Israel Commence-Up Nation
8. Mikkel Honoré (Den) Deceuninck – Quick-Action, all at exact time
9. Matteo Jorgensen (United states) Movistar Workforce, at 4s
10. Carlos Rodriguez (Esp) Ineos Grenadiers, at similar time.
Standard classification after phase 6
1. Ethan Hayter (GBr) Ineos Grenadiers, in 22-53-32
2. Wout van Aert (Bel) Group Jumbo-Visma, at 4s
3. Julian Alaphilippe (Fra) Deceuninck – Speedy-Move, at 21s
4. Mikkel Honoré (Den) Deceunick – Fast-Stage, at 35s
5. Michael Woods (Can) Israel Begin-Up Country, at 54s
6. Rohan Dennis (Aus) Ineos Grenadiers, at 1-08
7. Dan Martin (Irl) Israel Start-Up Nation, at 1-10
8. Kritian Sbaragli (Ita) Alpecin-Fenix, at 1-37
9. Mark Donovan (GBr) Crew DSM, at 1-58
10. Carlos Rodriguez (Esp) Ineos Grenadiers, at 2-01.