Breakaway riders deny the sprinters the chance on the penultimate stage of OVO Energy Tour of Britai

Sat 8 Sep 2018

Today's longest and penultimate stage of the OVO Energy Tour of Britain saw the day's breakaway riders survive to the finish leaving the sprinters to fight for minor stage placings.

Ian Stannard (Team Sky) took a solo victory into Mansfield with Meyer finishing in the main bunch to remain in 11th place overall.

Active start to the longest stage

The lengthy stage saw a fight to get into the breakaway with multiple attacks until Stannard finally opened up a solo lead.

Shortly after a group of five riders successfully bridged across to him and the day's move established after 20k of racing.

The group rode out to a maximum advantage of over six minutes in challenging rainy conditions with the peloton steady in no rush.

Teams sense the danger

Mitchelton-SCOTT sent Mikel Nieve then Rob Power to the front of the bunch to contribute to the chase. As the peloton reached the 40km to go mark the group ahead, now down to four riders, continued to hold an advantage of over four minutes.

With this, the sprinters teams including Mitchelton-SCOTT sensed the danger and added more riders to the chase in the desperate late attempt to reel in the leaders.

One solo

The peloton drew the escapees back to four minutes but ahead the attacks started as Stannard went solo and increased his lead back out to five minutes with 15km to go. In the end, the peloton left it too late and Stannard stayed away to claim the stage win.

Cameron Meyer

"It was a very long and draining day with many corners in the wet and 227km covered we were all pretty spent at the finish. Unfortunately with Ian Stannard in the break away it was always going to be a big task to pull it back.

"We committed all day. Firstly with Mikel Nieve, then later Robert Power and finally I also jumped on the front to try pull some time back but in the end the breakaway was too strong.

"Tomorrow is the final stage and with an expected bunch sprint in a short London stage we hope to try once more with Caleb Ewan to get a good result."

OVO Energy Tour of Britain stage 7 results:

1. Ian Stannard (Team Sky) 4:56
2. Nils Politt (Team Katusha-Alpecin) +0:59
3. Giovanni Carboni (Bardiani - CSF) +3:09
58. Cameron Meyer (Mitchelton-SCOTT) +4:04

General classification after stage 7:

1. Julian Alaphilippe (Quickstep-Floors) 24:47
2. Wout poels (Team Sky) +0:17
3. Primoz Roglic (LottoNL-Jumbo) +0:33
11. Cameron Meyer (Mitchelton-SCOTT) +1:49

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