Robin Carpenter wins and takes GC lead at Tour of Britain: I knew I didn’t want any company in the last 20 km
Sep 07 2021 09:16 am CET

Robin Carpenter wins and takes GC lead at Tour of Britain: I knew I didn’t want any company in the last 20 km
Robin Carpenter wins and takes GC lead at Tour of Britain: I knew I didn’t want any company in the last 20 km
Tour of Britain

Robin Carpenter (Rally Cycling) has crossed solo the finish line in the second stage of the Tour of Britain and seized the lead of the General Classification.

A 183.9-kilometre route received the riders in the second week of competition of the British race. The peloton went over a rolling course that featured three climbs of the second category.

The escape of the day was formed early on the stage, and it managed to create a gap of more than four minutes with the peloton. With 45 kilometres to go, only Carpenter and Jacob Scott (Canyon dhb SunGod) remained in front, but the American of Rally Cycling attacked with 30 kilometres remaining and continued solo, until the finish line, which he crossed 33 seconds ahead of the pack.

"I knew I didn’t want any company in the last 20 km, I just wanted to do it solo," said Carpenter. "I was feeling really good almost all day, then the last 15 km were super tough. I didn’t have a whole lot left in the tank, but I knew I had a big gap.

"I just had to keep it steady and make sure I didn’t explode. I was falling apart at the end, but I made sure to be falling apart by myself."



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