Tour of Britain (st. 6)
German from Movistar Team tackles final climb to Whinlatter Pass into main GC group, keeps top-ten result with just 48 hours to final London circuit.
Julian Alaphilippe (QST) is the new leader of the 2018 Tour of Britain after Friday’s Queen stage of the race, with plenty of short ascents in the 168km between Barrow-in-Furness, next to the coast in northwest England, and the Lake District Park, whose Whinlatter Pass (3km, 7% avg.) was set to decide the Movistar Team’s fate in their quest for a good overall result.
Jasha Sütterlin surprised yet again with an ambitious final ascent, leading the way early with Alaphilippe and the Frenchman’s team-mate Bob Jungels to later concede just over 20″ over the line, taking 10th in the day – and jumping onto sixth overall, 58″ behind Alaphilippe. The German didn’t have an easy start to his day, the Movistar Team having to work hard in order to bring back a leading group with many contenders, more than one minute ahead, due to coastal crosswinds.
Sütterlin now seats just two stages away from claiming what would be his best pro result in a stagerace. A very long day seven is ahead of him on Saturday -215km finishing in Mansfiel- before a short, fast-paced circuit showdown in London on Sunday.
Picture 2 (c): SWPix
- 01 Wout Poels Team Sky 4h01'51"
- 02 Julian Alaphilippe Quick Step +2"
- 03 Hugh Carthy EF - Drapac +12"
- 10 Jasha Sütterlin Movistar Team +21"
- 22 Rubén Fernández Movistar Team +36"
- 23 Eduardo Sepúlveda Movistar Team "
- 31 José Joaquín Rojas Movistar Team +1'20"
- 56 Víctor De la Parte Movistar Team +3'19"
- 83 Carlos Barbero Movistar Team +5'06"
- 01 Julian Alaphilippe Quick Step 19h46'54"
- 02 Wout Poels Team Sky +17"
- 03 Primoz Roglic LottoNLJumbo +32"
- 06 Jasha Sütterlin Movistar Team +58"
- 22 José Joaquín Rojas Movistar Team +3'33"
- 23 Rubén Fernández Movistar Team +3'50"
- 25 Eduardo Sepúlveda Movistar Team +4'33"
- 48 Víctor De la Parte Movistar Team +10'15"
- 49 Carlos Barbero Movistar Team +10'26"