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Stannard takes Tour of Britain’s stage 7, Alaphilippe keeps lead

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Ian Stannard wins stage 7 Tour of Britain 2018

Ian Stannard won the Tour of Britain‘s seventh stage on Saturday, as Julian Alaphilippe (Quick-Step Floors) retained the overall lead heading to the race finale in London.

The Team Sky rider moved clear of a breakaway group with 16 kilometres to go and eventually finished 59 seconds ahead of Nils Politt (Katusha-Alpecin).

Giovanni Carboni (Bardiani-CSF) was three minutes and nine seconds behind in third place after the 215-kilometre stage from West Bridgford to Mansfield.

“When I got into the break today I was pretty confident. I looked at the other guys, how they were riding all day and I knew that I had the edge,” Stannard said.

Alaphilippe has a 17-second overall advantage on Wout Poels (Team Sky) and 33 seconds on Primoz Roglic (LottoNL-Jumbo).

“I can’t say the race is won,” said the Frenchman, “not until we reach the finish in London. I’m glad this is over. It was a long and difficult day, and the team had to work hard through the whole day to keep a lid on things.”

The French rider will bid to clinch the title on Sunday when the final stage starts and finishes on Regent Street in London.

Tour of Britain 2018 – stage 7 results (West Bridgford – Mansfield):

1 Ian Stannard (Team Sky)

4:56:27

2 Nils Politt (Katusha-Alpecin)

+59”

3 Giovanni Carboni (Bardiani-CSF)

+03’09”

4 Mark McNally (Wanty-Groupe Gobert)

+03’54”

5 Emils Liepins (ONE Pro Cycling)

+04’04”

6 Patrick Bevin (BMC)

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7 Ethan Hayter (Great Britain)

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8 Paolo Simion (Bardiani-CSF)

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9 Andrew Tennant (Canyon-Eisberg)

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10 Nils Eekhoff (Team Sunweb)

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General classification after stage 7:

1 Julian Alaphilippe (Quick-Step Floors)

24:47:25

2 Wout Poels (Team Sky)

+17”

3 Primoz Roglic (LottoNL-Jumbo)

+33”

4 Patrick Bevin (BMC)

+46”

5 Bob Jungels (Quick-Step Floors)

+51”

6 Jasha Sütterlin (Movistar)

+58”

7 Neilson Powless (LottoNL-Jumbo)

+01’10”

8 Dmitry Strakhov (Katusha-Alpecin)

+01’24”

9 Christopher Hamilton (Team Sunweb)

+01’28”

10 Pascal Eenkhoorn (LottoNL-Jumbo)

+01’35”