Mathieu van der Poel celebrates again and extends GC lead in Tour of Britain
Sep 14 2019 03:08 am CET

Mathieu van der Poel celebrates again and extends GC lead in Tour of Britain
Mathieu van der Poel celebrates again and extends GC lead in Tour of Britain
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Mathieu van der Poel (Corendon-Circus) has extended his lead in the General Classification of the OVO Tour of Britain by taking the victory of the seventh stage.

The route of the day took the riders through 188.7 kilometres and featured several hills on its second half, including the finish in the Burton Dassett Country Park. The escape of the day included Cameron Meyer (Mitchelton-Scott) and Dylan van Baarle (Team Ineos) but it couldn't make it until the end.

The profile of the last kilometres suited Van der Poel very well and he showed it by launching the last attack that gave him the victory, crossing the finish line ahead of his nearest rival Matteo Trentin (Mitchelton-Scott) and Simon Clarke (EF Education First). "I’m feeling pretty good," the Dutchman commented. "I’m feeling better day by day. Yesterday I was saying I surprised myself in the TT because that’s something I didn’t do for a long time and I think it’s an indication of the shape if you can ride that fast for 14km on your own.

Trentin is currently 12 seconds behind Van der Poel in the General Classification, while Jasper De Vuyst (Lotto Soudal) is 40 seconds behind and Pavel Sivakov (Ineos) is 42 seconds behind the Dutchman.

"I knew that finishes like this, they suit me very well. The first 70-80km’s was pretty hard actually, there were a lot of attacks and my team handled it perfectly and they did an amazing job. The second to last time we went up the climb I knew it was up to me to be at the front and follow the groups of favourites and then I was alone in the big group, so I had to gamble a little bit again. Coming into the last ascent to the finish line I knew I had a pretty good chance to take the win again today. It was really cool to get up the climb and put in a final effort before all the crowds. I like to race here. Again the sun was out so I’m happy."



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