Tour of Britain 2021: Van Aert sprints to GC triumph

Wout van Aert gb - Tour of Britain 2021: Van Aert sprints to GC triumphimage: Cor VosWout van Aert outguns André Greipel on the Aberdeen Esplanade to take the GC victory at the Tour of Britain. (Slideshow route/profile)

Results 8th stage Tour of Britain 2021

1. Wout van Aert (bel)
2. André Greipel (ger) s.t.
3. Mark Cavendish (gbr) s.t.
4. Colin Joyce (usa) s.t.
5. Max Kanter (ger) s.t.
6. Rory Townsend (irl) s.t.
7. Matthew Gibson (gbr) s.t.
8. Oliver Peckover (gbr) s.t.
9. Matthew Bostock (gbr) s.t.
10. Gabriel Cullaigh (gbr) s.t.
11. Ethan Hayter (gbr) s.t.

Final GC after stage 8
1. Wout van Aert (bel)
2. Ethan Hayter (gbr) + 0.06
3. Julian Alaphilippe (fra) + 0.27
4. Mikkel Honoré (den) + 0.41
5. Michael Woods (can) + 1.00
6. Kristian Sbaragli (ita) + 1.43
7. Mark Donovan (gbr) + 2.04
8. Carlos Rodriguez (spa) + 2.07
9. Gonzalo Serrano (spa) + 2.08
10. Xandro Meurisse (bel) s.t.

Race report
Six men attack from the gun. Stage winner Robin Carpenter, Ben Healy, Michal Paluta, Jokin Murguialday, William Bjergfelt and Thomas Gloag open up a gap of almost 4 minutes before Jumbo-Visma and Deceuninck-QuickStep take the reins in the peloton. Bjergfelt can’t follow the pace and drops back in the first hour.

The attackers are brought back with 4.5 kilometres remaining.

Wout van Aert powers to a double triumph in the ensuing bunch sprint. He wins the stage and also takes the overall with a time bonus of 10 seconds. Ethan Hayter finishes eleventh, so he does not gain any seconds and he winds up on the second place overall.

Another interesting read: route 8th stage 2021 Tour of Britain.

Tour of Britain 2021 – stage 8: routes, profiles, more

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