CM – Wout van Aert rises like an angel after a dramatic day on the Tour of Britain

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Wout van Aert (right) defeats Julian Alaphilippe (left) and Ethan Hayter (center) under the eyes of the Angel of the North at Gateshead.
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After a heavyweight fight on the way to Gateshead, Wout van Aert landed another big hit in the race to win the Tour of Britain.

In the shadow of the Angel of the North, the Belgian champion beat leader Ethan Hayter and world champion Julian Alaphilippe when the main favorites competed against each other in a selected group.

Wout van Aert (right) defeats Julian Alaphilippe (left) and Ethan Hayter (second from right) on the sixth stage of the Tour of Britain 2021.
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The action-packed day came to a head a little more than 10 km from the finish when the day break with Mark Cavendish on the uncategorized ramp of the Busty Bank was swept away.

Mark Cavendish leads the runaway to the top of Hartside Pass on the sixth stage of the Tour of Britain 2021.
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It split the main group into pieces, leaving the main favorites, including all of the top five in the overall standings, alone in front.

Julian Alaphilippe leads the selected top group in the final stages of the sixth stage of the Tour of Britain 2021.
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Michael Woods had the best attempt to cross the finish line alone but was overtaken 4km from the finish and after pulling to the finish line, Van Aert slacked off in front of Ethan Hayter.

Almost as important as victory However, were the bonus seconds with which he reduced the gap to a total of just four seconds.

Oli Stockwell drifted off when the final drama was played, but still did enough to close his position in the top 40 on GC as he crossed the finish line more than four minutes behind.

To Scotland for the final act and the first half of the drama, the peloton steers over 194.8 km from Hawick to Edinburgh.

The climbs are coming all in the first half, but since this is the penultimate stage and the time gaps in GC are so small, this seems to be announced for another sprint.

The Ineos Grenadiers will want to make sure that all groups stay away as long as the fugitives do not Danger to the overalls represent. Jumbo Visma are the ones who need to get it on the line for the final stroke. You shouldn’t get too much help to create excellent dynamics.

The sixth stage started with a huge scramble to get into the break. Oli Stockwell from GB was among those who tried in the early stages and I think the UK guys will try to get back there.

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