Following the women's race this morning over exactly the same course the riders face a, short, albeit tricky 132 km stage, encompassing the finishing circuit of this year’s Road World Championships in Harrogate.
With the success of the breakaway yesterday, more teams showed their intentions in the early stages of keeping any break under a tight leash. A group escaped after 15 KM and the gap hovered around a minute. During the next 40km a number of riders including our own Zeb Kyffin and Scott Auld tried tentative moves to slip away from the bunch and other than a duo of Wiggins riders who managed to bridge across to the break they were nullified by the peloton. The Wiggins duo made group of six up front that went on to contest the day’s only KOM competition.
Moving into the final 30 KM the six riders still hung out front, their gap fluctuating between 30 and 45 seconds, before being absorbed by the peloton with 10 KM left to race. This catch then reignited the race and over the next 5 KM’s a number of riders tried their luck as the race moved onto more narrow roads. With the combined power of CCC and Axeon the race was brought back under control with 4 KM left to race. The race was poised for a sprint finish. A chaotic finished eschewed with a downpour of rain making things even more difficult. Alex was regularly seen towards the fore before a late crash impacted his chances. All riders finished safely in what remained of the peloton after a difficult day for the riders, with Scott placing 27th at the end.
We caught up with Scott who talked us through a chaotic sprint: "We had a chat halfway through and decided it was worth a go at the end, so me and Alex decided to work together and get up there. It was pretty twisty however in the run in and plenty of near misses. Unfortunately this made it a bit tricky to get right up there, but we’ve still got 2 more chances to get on that podium!”