Tour Of Britain Makes Welcome Return To Devon
The shortest stage of this year’s Tour of Britain saw a change in the lead of the race as Devon packed a punch.
Thousands of people lined stage 6 of the Tour of Britain as the race made a welcome return to Devon.
Starting in Sidmouth 150 kilometres of winding twisting and hilly countryside lay before the competitors which included Sir Bradley Wiggins and Mark Cavendish.
As soon as the race went live a group of four riders managed to break away from the main peloton getting caught just after Mortenhampstead.
When they were finally back in the pack Team Sky then launched a break-away taking with them Steve Cummings who knew that anything over a six-second gap against his main rival would allow him to take the overall yellow-jersey.
Haytor provided the perfect back-drop to the only mountain top finish of this year’s race.
As the first riders came into view it was Team Sky’s Wout Poels who attacked with 1.5km left of the 5.7km ascent to the summit finish.
He hung on to beat Rohan Dennis (BMC Racing) into second place by six-seconds and Tom Dumoulin (Giant-Alpecin) into third by eight-seconds.
Cummings (Dimension Data) crossed the line 21 seconds adrift in eighth, which was enough to lift him from second to first in the general classification, after previous race leader Julien Vermote (Etixx - Quick-Step) was dropped earlier in the climb.