Tour of Britain

Stage 6) Carlisle - Gateshead

GB United Kingdom Friday 10 September 2021 198 km

Alaphilippe takes third in absorbing Tour of Britain finish

Alaphilippe takes third in absorbing Tour of Britain finish

Cumbria welcomed the race for a third consecutive year, hosting the start of the 198km stage 6 from Carlisle to Gateshead, which returned on the map after a 12-year hiatus. The route contained plenty of ranked and unranked climbs, but that difficulty of the course didn’t scare the Deceuninck – Quick-Step duo of Mark Cavendish and Tim Declercq, who jumped in the breakaway as soon as the flag was waved.

The Tour de France green jersey and “El Tractor” survived many of the day’s climbs and helped the nine-man group remain at the front until the last 25 kilometers, when the peloton ramped up the pace and clawed them back. Shortly after, a select ten-man group featuring both Julian Alaphilippe and Mikkel Honoré emerged and put some daylight between them and the rest of the peloton.

Attacks came left and right from there, both our riders being among those who tried to open a gap, but despite all these accelerations, the group remained as one, in part also to Mikkel, who reeled in the last dangerous move just before the final climb. There, the powerful Dane launched the World Champion, who sprinted to third place, a result that helped him cement his position on the overall podium of the competition ahead of the weekend.

“We decided to attack early in the stage and we had both Mark and Tim, who put in a good effort at the front and remained there until close to the finish. We knew it was going to be a hard task on this course, but why not give it a go? You never try, you never win. Then Julian and Mikkel showed their good legs in the finale, with the latter delivering a great lead-out to Julian, who was up there again and took a solid podium, which confirms his upward trajectory for the final part of the season”, said Deceuninck – Quick-Step sports director Brian Holm.

 

Photo credit: ©Alex Livesey / Getty Images

Race details

1 Wout van Aert
Team Jumbo-Visma
4:35:56
2 Ethan Hayter
INEOS Grenadiers
0:00
3 Julian Alaphilippe
Deceuninck - Quick Step
0:00
4 Gonzalo Serrano Rodríguez
Movistar Team
0:00
5 James Shaw
Ribble Weldtite Pro Cycling
0:00
6 Michael Woods
Israel Start-Up Nation
0:00
7 Dan Martin
Israel Start-Up Nation
0:00
8 Mikkel Frølich Honoré
Deceuninck - Quick Step
0:00
9 Matteo Jorgenson
Movistar Team
0:04
10 Carlos Rodriguez Cano
INEOS Grenadiers
0:04
13 Yves Lampaert
Deceuninck - Quick Step
0:10
40 Davide Ballerini
Deceuninck - Quick Step
4:12
50 Tim Declercq
Deceuninck - Quick Step
4:22
55 Mark Cavendish
Deceuninck - Quick Step
5:37
1 Ethan Hayter
INEOS Grenadiers
22:53:32
2 Wout van Aert
Team Jumbo-Visma
0:04
3 Julian Alaphilippe
Deceuninck - Quick Step
0:21
4 Mikkel Frølich Honoré
Deceuninck - Quick Step
0:35
5 Michael Woods
Israel Start-Up Nation
0:54
6 Rohan Dennis
INEOS Grenadiers
1:08
7 Dan Martin
Israel Start-Up Nation
1:10
8 Kristian Sbaragli
Alpecin-Fenix
1:37
9 Mark Donovan
Team DSM
1:58
10 Carlos Rodriguez Cano
INEOS Grenadiers
2:01
27 Yves Lampaert
Deceuninck - Quick Step
6:21
40 Tim Declercq
Deceuninck - Quick Step
11:20
57 Davide Ballerini
Deceuninck - Quick Step
21:30
72 Mark Cavendish
Deceuninck - Quick Step
33:25
1 Ethan Hayter
INEOS Grenadiers
66 pt
2 Julian Alaphilippe
Deceuninck - Quick Step
54 pt
3 Wout van Aert
Team Jumbo-Visma
45 pt
4 Michael Woods
Israel Start-Up Nation
33 pt
5 Gonzalo Serrano Rodríguez
Movistar Team
33 pt
6 Mikkel Frølich Honoré
Deceuninck - Quick Step
32 pt
7 Kristian Sbaragli
Alpecin-Fenix
28 pt
8 Rory Townsend
Canyon dhb SunGod
21 pt
9 James Shaw
Ribble Weldtite Pro Cycling
20 pt
10 Dan Martin
Israel Start-Up Nation
19 pt
18 Mark Cavendish
Deceuninck - Quick Step
11 pt
32 Yves Lampaert
Deceuninck - Quick Step
3 pt
1 Jacob Scott
Canyon dhb SunGod
66 pt
2 Rory Townsend
Canyon dhb SunGod
30 pt
3 Nícolas Sessler
Global 6 Cycling
28 pt
4 George Bennett
Team Jumbo-Visma
24 pt
5 Tim Declercq
Deceuninck - Quick Step
22 pt
6 Colin Joyce
Rally Cycling
19 pt
7 Jimmy Janssens
Alpecin-Fenix
19 pt
8 Daniel McLay
Team Arkéa Samsic
18 pt
9 Robin Carpenter
Rally Cycling
16 pt
10 Mark Cavendish
Deceuninck - Quick Step
15 pt
15 Julian Alaphilippe
Deceuninck - Quick Step
9 pt
23 Mikkel Frølich Honoré
Deceuninck - Quick Step
7 pt
1 INEOS Grenadiers 68:02:09
2 Deceuninck - Quick Step 2:44
3 Team DSM 3:00
4 Team Arkéa Samsic 3:21
5 Alpecin-Fenix 3:29
6 Israel Start-Up Nation 7:35
7 Team Qhubeka NextHash 8:26
8 Team Jumbo-Visma 8:48
9 Caja Rural - Seguros RGA 10:52
10 Rally Cycling 11:24

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