The race again followed the same route as the women's race, starting in Bridlington and snaking its way across the North Yorkshire Moors national park ending in Scarborough, but encompassing five leg sapping climbs along the way. To add to the difficulty the weather came to test the riders with heavy intermittent rain and 40mph winds. A truly tough day out for everyone involved.
Sunny at the start, but the riders had to face rain, hail and strong winds throughout the stage.
After a really aggressive first 30KM, with John seemingly in every move, the break of the day finally escaped. A group of seven formed with representation from the majority of the UK’s UCI teams alongside some Pro-Continental representation. The break worked effectively for the next period of the race with John contesting the KOM competition racking up points over the days main climbs. Up next came the decisive climb of Lythe Bank where the race split to pieces and the break was absorbed. Under impetus from Team Ineos a group of 20 rode away on the tough ascent which led straight into a cross wind through the feed zone.
John Archibald, active in the break and on the many KOMs.
Alex continued to ride well behind and crossed the line 39th in another select group 2’54” behind the suprise winner from Riwal-Readynez.
Following in his team mates footsteps John finished the day in the Dimension Data combative jersey and another trip for Team Ribble to the podium!
Podium Photo @craigzad