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Tour of Britain 2014, Stage 7: Vermote wins, van Baarle takes race lead

13th September 2014

Stage 7 of the Tour of Britain was the longest stage of the race, 225km from Camberley to Brighton. There were big weekend crowds in the towns along the way.

The day's break contained five riders - Bialobloski (Giordana), Van Baarle (Garmin Sharp), Vermote (OPQ), Ista (IAM Cycling), and Konovalovas (MTN Qhubeka). The peloton's chase was led by BMC and Movistar.

With 17km to go, the race hit the climb of Ditchling Beacon. The leaders still had an advantage of 2min40 at the foot of the climb. Vermote distanced the others on the climb.

The peloton split on Ditchling Beacon, and Wiggins, Roche, and Kwiatkowski were all in the front group, while yellow jersey Alex Dowsett was left behind, and had to ride on the front of his group to try to bridge the gap. 

The next climb was Bear Road. Vermote began it with an advantage of more than 2 mintues over the Kwiatkowski group, and Dowsett another 30 seconds back.

Vermote won the stage in Brighton, in front of a big crowd in sunshine by the beach. Breakaway riders Konovalovas and Van Baarle were second and third.

Kwiatkowski sprinted to fourth place, 1min20 behind Vermote, with Roche and Wiggins in the same group and the same time. Dowsett came in 2min34 behind Vermote.

With the time he took on the line, and time bonuses earlier in the day, Van Baarle is the new race leader. Kwiatkowski is second, 19s back. Wiggins is in seventh, at 47s.

This is a link to the results.

See also our Stage 1 report; stage 2 report; stage 3 report; stage 4 report; stage 5 report; stage 6 report.

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