Race report

Max Kanter sprints to 5th on final stage of Tour of Britain

Tour of Britain

Max Kanter sprinted to fifth place on the eighth and final stage of the Tour of Britain today as a bunch kick decided the last day of racing. Kanter finished strongly in what was a busy and hectic bunch finish to take his fourth top 10 of the race.

The day got underway with an early break of six riders which was reduced to five mid stage. The chase behind was sustained by the sprinters’ teams with all eyes on a bunch sprint today and eventually with just over four kilometres to go the gap was neutralised and all was back together.

The team brought Kanter towards the front from where he worked his way through the wheels to cross the line in fifth. Overall the team finish with two in the top 15 overall with Mark Donovan in ninth and Nico Roche in 13th.

“The early breakaway formed quite fast today so we settled down in the bunch and focused on the expected sprint,” explained Max Kanter after the finish. “The guys supported me well and in the last kilometres I tried to position myself for a free run to the line. I finished fifth on the stage which is another solid result. I think we had a good week of racing in Britain with some good results and also ninth and 13th on GC for Mark and Nico.”

Team DSM coach Phil West added: “It was a good last day for the guys today. We went for Max for the final and anticipated a sprint but kept one eye on it being quite aggressive from the start depending on how the GC would play out. Once the break went we concentrated on sitting together and protecting Max and putting him in a good spot for the finish. Fifth was a good result and a nice way to round out a good week for the guys where we’ve seen some great teamwork and have been able to have some fun in the race too.”

Results

Pos. Rider Team Time Points
1 VAN AERT Wout Team Jumbo-Visma 4:07:56 20
2 GREIPEL André Israel Start-Up Nation ,, 10
3 CAVENDISH Mark Deceuninck - Quick Step ,, 5
5 KANTER Max Team DSM ,, -
34 NABERMAN Tim Team DSM ,, -
40 DONOVAN Mark Team DSM ,, -
58 ROCHE Nicolas Team DSM ,, -
59 COMBAUD Romain Team DSM ,, -