Tour Of Britain Stage 6

15/09/2012   |   Posted by jeremy

Tour of Britain stage 6 Welshpool – Caerphilly 189.9km.

The Tour moved into Wales yesterday. The stage looked remarkably similar to the stage of 2011 but there were differences in the early part of it. The stage had four category one climbs making it the toughest stage on this year’s event.

Leigh Howard led the peloton away at the start, whilst Mark Cavendish next to him was back in his rainbow jersey of the world champion’s colours.

The first sprint point was 25km into the stage at Kerry. There was a group of six riders up front and it turned out to be just a roll across the line as Marcin Bialoblocki of Node 4 – Giordana got the win with Graham Briggs of Raleigh coming second.

At the second sprint of the day at Llandrindod Wells, the lead group were now almost seven minutes ahead. As they approached the line Graham Briggs pushed on the pedals a bit to just sneak past Bialoblocki for the win.

Ahead lay the first of the four category one climbs across the Welsh mountains. With 102km still to go the lead group started the climb at Cwm Owen.  Over the top it was Kristian House of Rapha Condor in the top spot for the maximum points with Magnus Backstedt in second.

The riders went through a feed station shortly after this and then went on to the second climb of the day on the Brecon Beacons. The front group’s lead had been cut to around three minutes at this point.  The crowds were lined up deep on the sides of the road as they went over the line with House once again taking first place and Backstedt in second for a repeat of the first climb.

The final sprint of the day was at Mountain Ash, after a fast run down from the Brecon Beacons. It was Marcin Bialoblocki that got the win over Magnus Backstedt.

There was now the daunting prospect of a double climb of the Caerphilly Mountain before the finish. The lead group started to fall apart under the steepness of the climbs. First off the back was the big Swede Magnus Backstedt, he was followed soon after by Dan Craven.

Jonathan Tiernan-Locke, who had threatened to win this race earlier in the week made a move on the field to take the lead position. He took the win over the top on the first climb with Briggs second.

As they approached the last ascent of the day Briggs got dropped and it was Tiernan-Locke who along with Leopold Koenig of Team NetApp powered away at the head of the field. Once again it was Tiernan-Locke who took the win with 5km left to go till the end of the stage. As the pair were on the run down to the finish, it was Josh Edmonson of Team Great Britain who was chasing them.

The last kilometre was a straight race between the two front men, Leopold Koenig made his move on the last corner to take the stage win. Tiernan-Locke although second had done enough work to become the new race leader.

 

 

Stage

1

Leopold Koenig

Team NetApp

2

Jonathan Tiernan-Locke

Endura Racing

3

Nathan Haas

Garmin - Sharp

Overall

1

Jonathan Tiernan-Locke

Endura Racing

2

Leigh Howard

Orica - GreenEDGE

3

Nathan Haas

Garmin - Sharp

Points

1

Boy Van Poppel

UnitedHealthcare

2

Leigh Howard

Orica - GreenEDGE

3

Luke Rowe

Sky Procycling

Mountains

1

Kristian House

Rapha Condor

2

Pablo Urtasun

Euskaltel Euskadi

3

Peter Williams

Node 4 - Giordana

Sprints

1

Peter Williams

Node 4 - Giordana

2

Marcin Bialoblocki

Node 4 - Giordana

3

Mathew Cronshaw

Node 4 - Giordana

Team

1

Saur Sojasun

 

2

UnitedHealthcare

 

3

Garmin - Sharp

 

 

 

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