Tour of Britain – Stage Six
Caerphilly mountain lived up to its reputation today and gave the Tour of Britain GC a shake up on Stage six from Welshpool to Caerphilly.
Surprisingly an early break of six was allowed to go which once again included our bearded African, Dan Craven. Dan had been feeling a bit poorly this morning so it took him a while to settle into the bunch. He was joined by Marcin Biabloski (Node4), Magnus Backstedt (UK Youth), King of the Mountain holder Kristian House (Rapha), Graham Briggs (Raleigh) and Peter Ghyllebert (AnPost).
The leaders gap grew out to over 8 minutes before we hit the first KOM of the day and was gradually being reduced over the Brecon Beacons with Endura and Sky leading the peloton.
Wouter Sybrandy suffered a puncture in the run up to Caerphilly Mountain and worked hard to chase back on.
Dan Craven’s group were caught on the first lap of Caerphilly and then it was Tiernen-Locke who expectedly came bouncing up the climb. He lost the stage to NetApp’s Leopold Koenig but moves into the leaders golden jersey with a 13 seconds lead over Leigh Howard of Orica GreenEdge.
Peter Hawkins, Tom Last and Daniel Lloyd worked well to look after Simon Richardson and Wouter for Caerphilly Mountain but the pace set by the charge was just a little too high on the last lap.
Tomorrow we hit the South-West with 172.9km from Barnstaple to Dartmouth.
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