Hayter finishes second at Tour of Britain

12 Sep 2021

Hayter finishes second at Tour of Britain

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Tour of Britain - Stage 8 » Stonehaven › Aberdeen, 173km

Ethan Hayter put up a valiant fight at the Tour of Britain on the way to finishing in second place overall.
 
The battle for the GC went right down to the line in Aberdeen, with the young Brit unable to fend off a charging Wout Van Aert. The Belgian won the sprint, claiming the crucial bonus seconds he needed to turn a four-second overnight deficit into a six-second victory.
 
Second place still represents a superb result for Hayter, who claimed a stage victory on day five, and led his home tour for four days, battling against some of the sport’s top riders.
 
With other teams looking to set up a sprint finish the Grenadiers were able to take a back seat during the final stage, before rallying around Hayter in the finale. Rohan Dennis was able to remain in sixth overall, while also up there on GC, Carlos Rodriguez completed an extremely impressive performance with 10th.

Elsewhere Sunday also saw the European Champioships road race, with Pavel Sivakov the top placed Grenadier, finishing in ninth place for Russia. Sivakov was active and put in an attacking performance, making a move amongst elite company in Trentino.
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- Ethan Hayter

"I'm a bit disappointed obviously to lose on the last day but I can be very happy with this week. With winning the team time trial and the stage in Manchester, finishing second between Van Aert and Alaphilippe is pretty good. 

"I think it's been a really good edition of the Tour of Britain. There have been some really hard days. [Van Aert] has won four stages so it's probably fair enough that he wins the GC to be honest. This race and the whole year has been amazing for me. I've won quite a lot of races, and second overall here is really nice.

"The Road World Championships are next. I'm doing the time trial next week and then the road race the week after. I'm really looking forward to that - we've got a good team for the road race so it's going to be fun I think."
Final standings:

1. Wout Van Aert (Jumbo-Visma) 31:42:22
2. Ethan Hayter (INEOS Grenadiers) +6"
3. Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-Quick-Step) +27"
4. Mikkel Honore (Deceuninck-Quick-Step) +41"
5. Michael Woods (Israel Start-Up Nation) +1:00"
6. Rohan Dennis (INEOS Grenadiers) +1:14"
10. Carlos Rodriguez (INEOS Grenadiers) +2:07"