Hayter second to retain overall lead

10 Sep 2021

Hayter second to retain overall lead

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Tour of Britain - Stage 6 » Carlisle › Gateshead, 198km

Ethan Hayter continued his superb consistency at the Tour of Britain, finishing second on stage six to retain the overall lead.
 
The Brit sprinted to second place in Gateshead after a hard-fought finale that saw a number of attacks. With 13km to go it was Julian Alaphilippe and Wout Van Aert who kicked off the moves, with Carlos Rodriguez putting in a superb shift to help bridge Hayter across, before shutting down some dangerous accelerations
 
Hayter was unable to fend off Van Aert in the three-up sprint, with bonus seconds now affording him a four-second lead at the top of the general classification heading into the final weekend. Rohan Dennis finished shortly after in the peloton to remain in sixth, while Rodriguez’s heroics saw him elevate himself into 10th.
 
Earlier following the run out of Carlisle, it was a tactical battle to get into the day’s break. The Grenadiers were heavily involved early on, with Michal Kwiatkowski, Richie Porte and Rohan Dennis battling it out at the front of the race, covering and making moves of their own.
 
The team then set about riding a tempo to keep the move within a favourable range, with Porte and Owain Doull getting through a lot of work on the front. With a dangerous group up the road, other teams eventually arrived to set the tempo as the rain began to fall.
Photos: SWpix

Photos: SWpix

Reaction

- Ethan Hayter

"It was obviously a pretty hard day all day – hilly and with a strong breakaway which took a while to go. We had to be involved in making sure the right group went, and we were quite happy with it once it did go. It really kicked off with 15km to go – there was a short climb and Van Aert opened it up and the race was in pieces. Carlos did a really good job to set a tempo and start to put people off attacking. He was so strong so it was really good. It came down to a sprint in the end. He (Van Aert) was just stronger today.
 
"I was quite happy with second today. I was on the limit at one stage, so to be able to sprint with Van Aert and Alaphilippe is pretty cool. Second is not too bad."
Stage six result:

1. Wout Van Aert (Jumbo-Visma) 4:35:56
2. Ethan Hayter (INEOS Grenadiers) s.t.
3. Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-Quick-Step)
4. Gonzalo Serrano (Movistar)
5. James Shaw (Ribble Weldtite)

Overall standings:

1. Ethan Hayter (INEOS Grenadiers) 22:53:32
2. Wout Van Aert (Jumbo-Visma) +4"
3. Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-Quick-Step) +32"
4. Mikkel Honore (Deceuninck-Quick-Step) +35"
5. Michael Woods (Israel Start-Up Nation) +54"
6. Rohan Dennis (INEOS Grenadiers) +1:08"
10. Carlos Rodriguez (INEOS Grenadiers) +2:01"