Race: Tour of Britain, Stage 6
Start/Finish: Bath/Hemel Hempstead, England, United Kingdom
Distance: 205.6 kilometers
Hemel Hempstead, England — In the second longest stage of the Friends Life Tour of Britain, Friday’s 205.6-kilometer race from Bath to Hemel Hempstead began under threatening skies. Fortunately the roads stayed dry as the peloton weaved across the British countryside on its way to Hemel Hempstead where the sun was shining.
A high-paced start split the peloton into two main groups as it headed out of Bath. After several attempts, three riders created the day’s main break and soon built a substantial gap of nearly 10 minutes. The trio continued to work well together and held on until the finish with Matthias Brandle (IAM Cycling) winning his second consecutive stage, while Alex Dowsett (Movistar Team) moved into the overall race lead. Team Novo Nordisk’s Martijn Verschoor and David Lozano both came in with the front chase group.
“The race started fast and at the end it was super fast because Omega Pharma-Quick Step wanted to keep the jersey,” Team Novo Nordisk David Lozano said. “Martijn and I were in the first group behind the break and managed to finish in good position.”
“The last hour was really hard, ”Team Novo Nordisk’s Martijn Verschoor said. “I think only 50 or 60 riders managed to keep up with the pace.”
Results: Matthias Brandle (IAM Cycling) sprinted to the win one second ahead of Alex Dowsett (Movistar Team) and Thomas Stewart (Madison Genesis).
Team Novo Nordisk, the world’s first all-diabetes pro cycling team, continues racing at the Friends Life Tour of Britain on Saturday with the longest stage of the race, a 225.1-km stage beginning in Camberley. The stage features three categorized climbs and three intermediate sprints before a downhill finish into Brighton.
(Photo: ©Larry Wickmott)