Mathieu van der Poel retook the lead in the Tour of Britain after placing sixth in Thursday’s time trial, a stage that saw Edoardo Affini claim the biggest victory of his career to date.
Van der Poel placed sixth on the stage in Worcestershire to retake the green jersey from Affini’s team-mate Matteo Trentin.
With just two days of this year’s race remaining, van der Poel leads Trentin by just six seconds. Team Ineos rider Pavel Sivakov sits third overall, 24 seconds in arrears.
Having been the 12th rider to start the stage, Affini posted a time of 16’39” for the 14.4-kilometre course. He eventually beat nearest challenger Sebastian Langeveld (EF Education First) by seven seconds.
Tour of Britain 2019 – stage 6 results (Pershore – Pershore ITT):
|1||Edoardo Affini (Mitchelton-Scott)|
|2||Sebastian Langeveld (EF Education First)|
|3||Dylan van Baarle (Team Ineos)|
|4||Luke Durbridge (Mitchelton-Scott)|
|5||Tanel Kangert (EF Education First)|
|6||Mathieu van der Poel (Corendon-Circus)|
|7||Alex Dowsett (Katusha-Alpecin)|
|8||Jos van Emden (Jumbo-Visma)|
|9||Pavel Sivakov (Team Ineos)|
|10||Frederik Frison (Lotto Soudal)|
Tour of Britain 2019 – general classification after stage 6:
|1||Mathieu van der Poel (Corendon-Circus)|
|2||Matteo Trentin (Mitchelton-Scott)|
|3||Pavel Sivakov (Team Ineos)|
|4||Jasper De Buyst (Lotto Soudal)|
|5||Nils Politt (Katusha-Alpecin)|
|6||Gianni Moscon (Team Ineos)|
|7||Mike Teunissen (Jumbo-Visma)|
|8||Tanel Kangert (EF Education First)|
|9||Andrey Amador (Movistar)|
|10||Amund Grøndahl Jansen (Jumbo – Visma)|