Tour of Britain 2021: Van Aert wins ten-up sprint, Hayter remains leader

Wout van Aert gb - Tour of Britain 2021: Van Aert wins ten-up sprint, Hayter remains leaderimage: Cor VosTen riders remain in the finale of the 6th stage at the Tour of Britain. Wout van Aert wins the sprint ahead of Ethan Hayter, who stays in the GC lead, while Julian Alaphilippe crosses the line in third position. (Slideshow route/profile)

Results 6th stage 2021 Tour of Britain

1. Wout van Aert (bel)
2. Ethan Hayter (gbr) s.t.
3. Julian Alaphilippe (fra) s.t.
4. Gonzalo Serrano (spa) s.t.
5. James Shaw (gbr) s.t.
6. Michael Woods (can) s.t.
7. Daniel Martin (irl) s.t.
8. Mikkel Honoré (den) s.t.
9. Matteo Jorgenson (usa) s.t.
10. Carlos Rodriguez (spa) s.t.

GC after stage 6
1. Ethan Hayter (gbr)
2. Wout van Aert (bel) + 0.04
3. Julian Alaphilippe (fra) + 0.21
4. Mikkel Honoré (den) + 0.35
5. Michael Woods (can) + 0.54
6. Rohan Dennis (aus) + 1.08
7. Daniel Martin (irl) + 1.10
8. Kristian Sbaragli (ita) + 1.37
9. Mark Donovan (gbr) + 1.58
10. Carlos Rodriguez (spa) + 2.01

Race report
In an energizing opening Mark Cavendish, Jimmy Janssens, Colin Joyce, Mason Hollyman and Rory Townsend open a gap after 20 kilometres. Tim Declerq, George Bennett, Mark Donovan and Dan McLay also bridge across, and that seems to seal the deal.

But no. Donovan is the best placed rider on GC, 1.42 minutes down on race leader Hayter and the others drop him and Hollyman.

While the two end up in the peloton, the other 7 riders carve out a lead of more than 4 minutes.

The peloton brings back the attackers inside the last 14 kilometres. Shaw and Jorgenson go on the counter attack before Van Aert closes down the gap. Alaphilippe, Martin, Woods and Honoré go with him. Rogriguez brings Hayter back with Serrano, Jorgenson and Shaw in their wheels.

Team mates Martin and Woods take turns on the attack until the Canadian is clear. He is brought back with 4 kilometres to go.

Van Aert times his sprint to perfection and overhauls Hayter and Alaphilippe in the last 10 metres to take his third win at the Tour of Britain. Hayter still leads the race, although the Flemish powerhouse comes 4 bonus seconds closer.

Another interesting read: route 6th stage 2021 Tour of Britain.

Tour of Britain 2021 – stage 6: routes, profiles, more

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