Tour Of Britain Stage 7

16/09/2012   |   Posted by jeremy

Tour of Britain stage 7 Barnstaple – Dartmouth 170.7km.

It may not have the long, famous climbs of Stages Six or Eight, but once again through a combination of rolling roads and the heavy roads of Dartmoor, the Devon stage was likely to prove the toughest.

The stage had three sprint points and three climbs. It was Jonathon Tiernan-Locke who led the peloton away at the start of the stage wearing the gold jersey of race leader.

The first sprint of the day was more like a climb at the start, Russell Downing pulled away up the hill to try and take the win but as the road flattened out at the top it was Leigh Howard who came past him for the win and the 10 points.

First climb of the day was a category 2 at South Hill. A large group were at the front making their way up the climb. At the line it was David Lelay of Saur Sojasun that got the win over Jonathan Tiernan-Locke.

From here the profile of the stage looked like a set of crocodile’s teeth, very up and down, but generally heading up towards the category 1 climb at Merrivale. Despite this profile the first hours racing was fast with over 28 miles covered in that time.

 With 87km to go the riders hit the climb at Merrivale. Once again the crowds were amazing. At the top of the climb it was Pablo Urtasun of Euskaltel Euskadi that took the 10 points with Bernard Sulzberger of Raleigh in second position.

At the back of the peloton it was Mark Cavendish once again being supported by his teammate Jeremy Hunt. Once over the top of Merrivale he got back into the bunch albeit at the back.

The next climb of the day was another category 1 at Coffin Stone. The crowds on this climb were even bigger than the one before, proving how the popularity of the sport has grown over the last few years.  A strong group of 8 riders were leading the way up the climb with Sammy sanchez at the front. It was his teammate Urtasun who came through to take his second win of the day with Bernard Sulzberger once again taking second spot.

From here the riders had a good fast run down to the second sprint point of the day at Kingsbridge. It was Marcin Bialoblocki who got the maximum points here with Jacek Morajko second. The final sprint of the day came at Slapton Ley. Here it was once again Bialoblocki who got the win but in second place this time it was Ivan Basso.

Towards the end of the stage it was Marc De Maar of United Healthcare who was setting the pace, being chased by a small group. They were at this point 58 seconds clear.  They were far enough ahead of the field to make it a race between themselves and as they came towards the finish line you would have been forgiven for thinking this was a race on the continent, the crowds waving and the blazing sunshine playing their parts.

 The race to the line was between Marc De Maar and Pablo Urtasun and it was Urtasun who took the stage win. Ivan Basso came in third.

 

Stage

1

Pablo Urtasun

Euskaltel Euskadi

2

Marc De Maar

UnitedHealthcare

3

Ivan Basso

Liquigas - Cannondale

Overall

1

Jonathan Tiernan-Locke

Endura Racing

2

Nathan Haas

Garmin - Sharp

3

Damiano Caruso

Liquigas - Cannondale

Points

1

Boy Van Poppel

UnitedHealthcare

2

Leigh Howard

Orica - GreenEDGE

3

Nathan Haas

Garmin - Sharp

Mountains

1

Kristian House

Rapha Condor

2

Pablo Urtasun

Euskaltel Euskadi

3

Bernard Sulzberger

Raleigh - GAC

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

Team NetApp

 

 

 

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