Tour of Britain

Stage 4) Aberaeron - Great Orme Llandudno

GB United Kingdom Wednesday 08 September 2021 210 km

Alaphilippe takes second on Great Orme

Alaphilippe takes second on Great Orme

Mere centimeters separated the World Champion from the stage victory at the Tour of Britain.

At 210 kilometers in length, stage 4 of the Tour of Britain was the longest of this stage, and arguably the toughest one, as it was punctuated by several sharp climbs before the final hurdle of the day: Great Orme, a 1.9km climb near the coastal resort town of Llandudno, averaging an excruciating 9.8%, but featuring insane sections kicking up to 20% before the flamme rouge.

The Wolfpack was in control during the entire stage, the likes of Davide Ballerini, Mark Cavendish, Tim Declercq and Yves Lampaert keeping both the pace high and the escapees on a tight leash. Inside the final 25 kilometers, Yves even countered from the peloton, bringing back a sole attacker, before Ballerini took over the reins again and led the peloton on the penultimate climb of the stage.

Alaphilippe remained calm and always in the first five positions, as the bunch increased the speed in the run-in to Great Orme. The insane gradients made a first selection, before Julian decided to take matters into his own hands and kick out on the steepest part of the ascent, only two riders being able to follow him. The trio, who carried a ten-second gap under the flamme rouge, was soon joined by Mikkel Honoré, who put in a probing attack before setting the tempo for his teammate until 150 meters to go.

In an enthralling sprint, the World Champion came close to his fifth victory in the rainbow jersey, being denied for the slimmest of margins by Wout Van Aert (Jumbo-Visma), who came around in the final meters. Second on the stage – his 12th podium of the season – Alaphilippe sits third overall now at the Tour of Britain, just 11 seconds from the overall lead.

“We did what we had to do, what we talked about before the start: we controlled the race, remained attentive and went on the offensive at the right moment, but another guy was stronger in the end. Despite missing out on the win, we’ll keep fighting. We have the rainbow jersey on the team, he always display panache and we will continue to race accordingly, until the end, in the remaining stages”, explained Deceuninck – Quick-Step sports director Geert Van Bondt.

 

Photo credit: ©Alex Livesey / Getty Images

Race details

1 Wout van Aert
Team Jumbo-Visma
5:04:22
2 Julian Alaphilippe
Deceuninck - Quick Step
0:00
3 Michael Woods
Israel Start-Up Nation
0:01
4 Mikkel Frølich Honoré
Deceuninck - Quick Step
0:04
5 Ethan Hayter
INEOS Grenadiers
0:08
6 Dan Martin
Israel Start-Up Nation
0:13
7 Kristian Sbaragli
Alpecin-Fenix
0:16
8 Simon Clarke
Team Qhubeka NextHash
0:16
9 Sergio Roman Martín Galan
Caja Rural - Seguros RGA
0:27
10 Nicolas Roche
Team DSM
0:29
41 Tim Declercq
Deceuninck - Quick Step
2:29
43 Yves Lampaert
Deceuninck - Quick Step
3:17
71 Mark Cavendish
Deceuninck - Quick Step
8:58
83 Davide Ballerini
Deceuninck - Quick Step
11:59
1 Wout van Aert
Team Jumbo-Visma
14:44:49
2 Ethan Hayter
INEOS Grenadiers
0:02
3 Julian Alaphilippe
Deceuninck - Quick Step
0:11
4 Mikkel Frølich Honoré
Deceuninck - Quick Step
0:21
5 Michael Woods
Israel Start-Up Nation
0:40
6 Rohan Dennis
INEOS Grenadiers
0:44
7 Dan Martin
Israel Start-Up Nation
0:56
8 Kristian Sbaragli
Alpecin-Fenix
1:13
9 Mark Donovan
Team DSM
1:34
10 Xandro Meurisse
Alpecin-Fenix
1:38
32 Yves Lampaert
Deceuninck - Quick Step
4:53
39 Tim Declercq
Deceuninck - Quick Step
6:45
62 Davide Ballerini
Deceuninck - Quick Step
17:04
75 Mark Cavendish
Deceuninck - Quick Step
27:34
1 Ethan Hayter
INEOS Grenadiers
37 pt
2 Julian Alaphilippe
Deceuninck - Quick Step
33 pt
3 Wout van Aert
Team Jumbo-Visma
30 pt
4 Mikkel Frølich Honoré
Deceuninck - Quick Step
24 pt
5 Michael Woods
Israel Start-Up Nation
23 pt
6 Kristian Sbaragli
Alpecin-Fenix
22 pt
7 Rory Townsend
Canyon dhb SunGod
21 pt
8 Robin Carpenter
Rally Cycling
15 pt
9 Giacomo Nizzolo
Team Qhubeka NextHash
15 pt
10 Gonzalo Serrano Rodríguez
Movistar Team
14 pt
1 Jacob Scott
Canyon dhb SunGod
43 pt
2 Nícolas Sessler
Global 6 Cycling
25 pt
3 Robin Carpenter
Rally Cycling
15 pt
4 Wout van Aert
Team Jumbo-Visma
10 pt
5 Ollie Peckover
SwiftCarbon Pro Cycling
10 pt
6 Jokin Murguialday Elorza
Caja Rural - Seguros RGA
10 pt
7 Julian Alaphilippe
Deceuninck - Quick Step
9 pt
8 Robert Donaldson
Great Britain
9 pt
9 Nic Dlamini
Team Qhubeka NextHash
8 pt
10 Ethan Hayter
INEOS Grenadiers
8 pt
14 Mikkel Frølich Honoré
Deceuninck - Quick Step
7 pt
1 INEOS Grenadiers 43:35:04
2 Alpecin-Fenix 1:56
3 Team DSM 2:44
4 Deceuninck - Quick Step 2:48
5 Team Arkéa Samsic 3:05
6 Israel Start-Up Nation 3:27
7 Rally Cycling 4:24
8 Team Jumbo-Visma 4:30
9 Caja Rural - Seguros RGA 6:24
10 Canyon dhb SunGod 7:00

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