Power pushes to 15th place on stage 6 summit finish at the Tour of BritainFri 9 Sep 2016
Today’s stage six of the Tour of Britain featured a tough six kilometre climb to the summit finish in Haytor with Rob Power the highest place rider for ORICA-BikeExchange.
Amets Txurruka, along with youngster Power, represented the Australian outfit in the reduced lead group as they entered the final climb.
A rapid pace was set with Power impressively holding on for 15th place in what is only his second race back after time out due to injury.
Wout Poels (Team Sky) secured the stage victory, leading solo in the final kilometre on a day that drastically changed the overall classification.
Sport director Matt Wilson was pleased with the result from Power given his lack of racing.
"It was an impressive ride from Rob considering it is just his second race back,” explained Wilson. “He stayed with the leaders up the climb until two kilometres to go which is great.”
“Today was a relatively easy stage, it was pretty controlled they let the breakaway go and then kept a steady tempo. It wasn’t really a stage for us, it was a day for recovering and we will now look forward to the weekend."
Tomorrow the stage is split into two with a 15kilometre time trial in the morning followed by a 90kilometre circuit race in the afternoon on the same course.
“Tomorrow should be better for us,” continued Wilson. “Apparently there is a hill on the circuit which is said to be quite tough but we will see when we get there and hopefully we will have a sprint again.”
How it happened:
Stage six was a real test for the climbers finishing up a six kilometre ascent to Haytor.
The day began with aggressive racing until a breakaway formed with four riders, which was made more challenging due to deteriorating weather with rain and fog, in the early parts of the stage.
Miguel Benito Diez (Caja-Rural), Tom Steward (Madison-Genesis), Jasper Bovenhuis (An-Post) and Giovanni Visconti (Movistar) hovered around three minutes ahead of the peloton for the majority of the stage, taking in the various climbs along the way.
With just 12 kilometres to go the peloton finally swallowed up three of the four escapees with Visconti leading the way after attacking and taking the lead solo.
The main general classification riders were all present in the sizeable front group as they barrelled towards the final climb up to the finish line. ORICA-BikeExchange were represented in the front group with climbers Txurruka and Power.
The leading Movistar rider finally rejoined the peloton and the race was on for the stage victory, thankfully with no rain yet gusty wind to contend with.
As the front group began the climb, riders spread across the road with a high pace being set. Power, the highest place finisher for ORICA-BikeExchange, worked hard in the conditions to finish in 15th place with Txurruka close behind in 17th place. In the end it was Poels who claimed the stage victory, just metres ahead of second and third place.
Tomorrow ORICA-BikeExchange are keen for another sprint finish in the afternoon stage 7b circuit race.
Tour of Britain stage 6 results:
1. Wout Poels (Team Sky) 4:56:15
2. Rohan Dennis (BMC Racing Team) +0:06
3. Tom Dumoulin (Giant Alpecin) +0:08
15. Rob Power (ORICA-BikeExchange) +0:47
General classification after stage 6:
1. Stephen Cummings (Dimension-Data) 27:04:11
2. Tom Dumoulin (Giant Alpecin) +0:49
3. Rohan Dennis (BMC Racing Team) +0:51
42. Amets Txurruka (ORICA-BikeExchange) +17:35