On a rising false flat finish that suited him perfectly, Wout Van Aert (Jumbo-Visma) made use of his power to win the 1st stage of the Tour of Britain. While Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-Quick Step) attacked 500 meters from the line, Van Aert made the effort to catch up with the Frenchman before winning easily in front Nils Eekhoff (Team DSM) et Gonzalo serrano (Movistar), whileAlaphilippe finished 8th, even taking a small 2 ” break. Thanks to this success, Van Aert is the first leader of Tour of Britain.
Video – Tour of Great Britain – The 1st stage for Van Aert
A breakaway of 5 riders, the peloton stays very close
A breakaway of 5 riders is formed from the first kilometers of the race. In front, we find Joey Rosskopf (Rally Cycling), Nothing Dlamini (Continue NextHash), Jacob Scott (Canyon dhb Sungod), Oliver Stockwell (Great Britain) and Max Walker (Trinity Racing). Behind it are the teams Jumbo-Visma and Deceuninck-Quick Step who work at the head of the peloton and maintain a fairly small gap throughout the race. 40 kilometers from the goal, Rosskopf is left behind following a puncture, while Dlamini let go of the pedal and we only find three men in the lead, but the peloton came back very close. Sensing the danger Stockwell tries everything for everything and takes off on his own, but he is caught again shortly before the start of the last 20 kilometers, and there is therefore no escaped runner left.
Alaphilippe tries from afar, but Van Aert was too strong
The pace really picks up after that, with each team wanting to be at the front of the pack. After a lot of work INEOS Grenadiers and D’Israel Start-Up Nation, it’s here Deceuninck-Quick Step who takes the lead 4 kilometers from the finish, when tackling a one kilometer bump at 6% average. The Belgian formation seems to be rolling for Davide Ballerini, which is placed in the wheel of Julian Alaphilippe. The rhythm set by the riders of the Wolfpack prevents any attack, and we will therefore witness a sprint of strong people on a finish on a false flat uphill.
Michal Kwiatkowski (INEOS Grenadiers) accelerates at the foot of the final bump with Alaphilippe in his wheel. The Frenchman realizes that Dancers has demoted, so he goes on the attack when the Pole moves away. The world champion takes a few meters ahead, but Wout Van Aert (Jumbo-Visma) makes the effort to come back. The Belgian then launches the sprint and wins very easily in front Nils Eekhoff (Team DSM) et Gonzalo serrano (Movistar), Alaphilippe finishing 8th.