German rouleur -12th in London's circuit on Sunday- rounds off great fight in eight-day event, one of his best performances for the Movistar Team; Blues finish incredibly close to team GC victory.
Julian Alaphilippe (QST) claimed overall honours at the 14th edition -under its current name- of the Tour of Britain, the Frenchman away from troubles at a short (77km), fast-paced circuit showdown in the streets of London. The final stage of the British stagerace left some good details from the Movistar Team riders, going on the attack with Rubén Fernández before setting up Jasha Sütterlin in the final laps of the circuit. The Blues’ great reference in the race since the start in Wales, seven days ago, the ‘Bull of Freiburg’ took a very decent 12th place behind winner Caleb Ewan (MTS) as he conserved his excellent overall placing.
The Tour of Britain comes to its end with a very significant -moreover, his best pro stagerace result- 6th spot overall for Sütterlin, only behind Alaphilippe, Poels (SKY), Roglic (TLJ), Bevin (BMC) and Jungels (QST). The Telefónica-backed squad also came just 5″ short to winning the team competition, following three 5th-place stage finishes -with Jasha in Barnstaple, Monday; with Barbero at Royal Leamington Spa, Wednesday; and a fine TTT performance on Thursday– and four top-30 results in the final individual GC.