Race report

Max Kanter 8th as breakaway fights for stage win in Edinburgh

Tour of Britain

The Tour of Britain crossed the border today and headed into Scotland, with a rolling and hilly 195 kilometre route from Hawick to the capital, Edinburgh. It was a fast and frenetic start to the day as multiple attacks were made at the front of the peloton, with the team active as the breakaway tried to form. Eventually the elastic snapped and a strong six rider group went clear, with all Team DSM riders in the bunch.

The breakaway worked well together and managed to extend their gap to over nine minutes, as the peloton lent on the race leader’s team to close the gap. Despite their advantage decreasing, the break held onto three minutes and 30 seconds going into the last 15 kilometres, and it was clear they would fight it out for the stage win. With the pace high in the bunch on the technical run in to the line, Max Kanter got up in the sprint for a solid eighth place from the chasing peloton.

“It was a though stage today with a high pace all day long,” explained Kanter after the stage. “In the beginning we tried to jump into the breakaway as there was a high chance that the early break would make it today. Unfortunately, we didn’t quite make it and we tried to settle back in the bunch to see what was still possible at the finish. As the gap was too big in the end we focused on keeping Nico and Mark safe in the GC and to set me up to still go for a sprint from the bunch. I came into the finish in eighth which is still a solid result. Tomorrow we have the last stage here in Britain, and we will try to finish it off in a good way.”

Results

Pos. Rider Team Time Points
1 LAMPAERT Yves Deceuninck - Quick Step 4:39:09 20
2 JORGENSON Matteo Movistar Team ,, 10
3 GIBSON Matthew Ribble Weldtite Pro Cycling ,, 5
8 KANTER Max Team DSM 1:51 -
29 DONOVAN Mark Team DSM ,, -
34 NABERMAN Tim Team DSM ,, -
39 ROCHE Nicolas Team DSM ,, -
42 COMBAUD Romain Team DSM ,, -