Amended results after the finish of Saturday's stage put Team Sky on top of the leaderboard after two days of hard racing, courtesy of third place in Friday's Hammer Climb, and fourth in the Hammer Sprint.
The team will lead off the front group in the Hammer Chase finale, carrying head start in the region of 30 seconds into Sunday’s team time trial. The first team across the line will win the overall event.
Team Sky worked their way into the sprint action, picking up a selection of early points before Elia Viviani began to impose himself on the race. The Italian put his track points race experience to good use, racking up some crucial points, including a win on the lap five double points sprint.
Jon Dibben also fired himself up the road in a late group with Viviani, helping to drive the move onwards. Tao Geoghegan Hart monitored things behind after his star turn in the Hammer Sprint, and helped keep the pace high in the bunch to lay the groundwork for Viviani’s lap five success.
Danny van Poppel chipped in with early points on home ground, and the team’s total of 50.9 was good enough for fourth on the day. A regrouping at the front saw fresh legs arrive in time for the final double points-paying sprint, and with Team Sky unable to score they slipped two places to fourth.
Sep Vanmarcke (Cannondale-Drapac) and Marco Canola (Nippo-Vini Fantini) pushed clear to soak up the final pair of top points, with the former helping edge Team Sky into fourth as the first rider home after eight laps. Trek-Segafredo racked up points early and held on as winners on the day.