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2013 Tour of Britain: Sidmouth to Haytor, Dartmoor 137km - Simon Yates wins Tour of Britain's Dartmoor summit finish.
Report by Gavin Hughes
Simon Yates of the Great Britain Academy found himself sprinting clear of the field at the summit finish on Haytor on Stage 6 of the Tour of Britain. The achievement was made all the more remarkable given both Dan Martin (Garmin Sharp) and Nairo Quintara (MOV) had been eyeing this stage for success and Yates outpaced an group who had survived the blistering pace up the climb. Yates moved up into a podium position tahnsk to his efforts.
“It’s one of my best victories – to win a stage of my national tour. With the company that was there. Yeah, you can’t get much better. I just hoped for a good position as I hit the climb and people just started to fall away. Dan Martin and Quintana started to attack and slowly it started to whittle down. I know I have quite a fast kick but I still didn’t believe it until I looked behind a few metres before the line. “I had good legs most of the day. I just made it to the final hill and then went as hard as I could from there. I’ve got the worlds soon so hopefully I can do well there and then turn pro. We’ll see.”
This stage was unique for the absence of gusting headwinds and driving rain. At last the Tourist Board could breathe a sigh of relief as the cameras could focus on a peloton passing through chocolate box Devonshire villages and for once the spectators were not cowering beneath waterproofs and umbrellas.
Some things, however, were not to change and from the outset. It was clear that the stage was to take on familiar undertones. Madrazo (MOV) was in the break and collected points in the three sprints at Tiverton, Exeter and Chudleigh to ensure he headed in to the week-end ahead in the sprinters' jersey. He also hoovered up the early KOM points putting him in an unassailable position in the KOM classification.
The break was, once again, chased down in the main by Sky who have been bravely protecting first and second place in the GC since Tuesday's time trial. Sky were assisted by the Italian team Bardiani - who seemed keen on taking up some of the work, with a view to placing their climber Bongiorno on the Haytor in a favourable position. With 21 KM to go the break was whittled down to three riders (Madrazo (MOV), Velits (OPQS)and Holohan (MGT), but as the race approached the final climb of the day he group were all back together.
When it came to the ramps of the Haytor vicious attacks from Martin (twice) and Quintara had been butchered the Peloton down to a handful of riders. Among whom sat Sky riders Sir Bradley Wiggins and David Lopez. The attacking reduced the group down to nine elite riders and for the last 2km, Wiggins rode at the front, setting up Lopez. Unfortunately for Lopez Yates put his head down and burst for the line putting some distance between himself and the chasers to clinch an impressive victory. Elmiger (IAM) and Lopez (SKY) came second and third respectively.
The punishing final throws of this race shook up the GC beneath Wiggins with Stannard dropping down to seventh and Yates moving up to third. Martin Elmiger (IAM) is 32 seconds behind Wiggins and Yates moves up to third at 1'06”.
The finishes on the cobbles of Guildford on Stage 7 and the Mall on Stage 8 are traditionaly happy hunting grounds for Mark Cavendish. Stage 7 from Epsom to Guldford does visit the Surrey Hills – but the stage is reasonably flat, the exceptions being a climb up Leith Hill and a 25% gradient at Barhatch Lane but it is doubtful that they are enough to shake up the GC.
Stage Six, Sidmouth to Haytor, Dartmoor, Brief Results
1) Simon Yates, GBR, Great Britain, 3:24:44
2) Martin Elmiger, SUI, IAM Cycling, + 0.02
3) David Lopez, ESP, Sky Pro Cycling, st
4) Sergio Pardilla, ESP, MTN Qhubeka, + 0.05
5) Sebastien Reichenbach, IAM Cycling, st
6) Nairo Quintana, COL, Movistar, + 0.07
7) Sir Bradley Wiggins, GBR, Sky Pro Cycling, st
8) Francesco Manuel Bongiorno, ITA, Bardiani Valvole CSF Inox, + 0.12
9) Marcel Wyss, SUI, IAM Cycling, st
10) Evaldas Siskevicius, LTU, Sojasun, + 0.31
IG General Classification, post-Stage Six
1) Sir Bradley Wiggins, GBR, Sky Pro Cycling, 24:10:56
2) Martin Elmiger, SUI, IAM Cycling, + 0.32
3) Simon Yates, GBR, Great Britain, + 1.06
4) David Lopez, ESP, Sky Pro Cycling, + 1.08
5) Sergio Pardilla, ESP, MTN Qhubeka, + 1.16
Chain Reaction Cycles Points Classification, post-Stage Six
1) Martin Elmiger, SUI, IAM Cycling, 48pts
2) Simon Yates, GBR, Great Britain, 37pts
3) Sam Bennett, IRL, AN Post Chain Reaction, 35pts
SKODA King of the Mountains Classification, post-Stage Six
1) Angel Madrazo, SPA, Movistar, 72pts
2) Nairo Quintana, COL, Movistar, 31pts
3) Sean Downey, IRL, AN Post Chain Reaction, 28pts
Yodel Direct Sprints Classification, post-Stage Six
1) Angel Madrazo, SPA, Movistar, 30pts
2) Aaron Gate, NZL, AN Post Chain Reaction, 18pts
3) Tom Scully, NZL, Team Raleigh, 13pts
Under-23 Rider Classification, post-Stage Six
1) Simon Yates, GBR, Great Britain, 24:12:02
2) Alistair Slater, GBR, Great Britain, + 9.40
3) Tom Moses, GBR, Team Raleigh, 12:57
Team Classification, post-Stage Six
1) Sky Pro Cycling, 72:35:35
2) IAM Cycling, + 1:09
3) Sojasun, + 6:39
Race Route for 2013
Race Route © Tour of Britain
The route of the 2013 Tour of Britain is as follows:
Stage 1 Sunday 15th September Peebles to Drumlanrig Castle 201km
Stage 2 Monday 16th September Cumbria, The Lake District Stage, Carlisle to Kendal 225km
Stage 3 Tuesday 17th September Knowsley Individual Time Trial 16km
Stage 4 Wednesday 18th September Stoke-on-Trent to Llanberis 190.9km
Stage 5 Thursday 19th September Machynlleth to Caerphilly 177.1km
Stage 6 Friday 20th September Sidmouth to Haytor, Dartmoor 137km
Stage 7 Saturday 21st September Epsom to Guildford 150.4km
Stage 8 Sunday 22nd September The London Stage, presented by TfL 88km
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