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Poels wins Stage 6, Tour of Britain

Wout Poels

Wout Poels, by filip bossuyt, Licence CC BY 2.0

Wout Poels of Team Sky won Stage 6 of the Tour of Britain 2016, on a summit finish at Haytor in Dartmoor.

Poels was part of an elite group on the final climb, with Rohan Dennis, Tom Dumoulin, and Gorka Izaguirre. Other riders made it across to them, including Steve Cummings and Tony Gallopin. Poels managed to get a gap over the others, and rode away to the stage win, with Dennis second, and Dumoulin third. 

Cummings did enough to take the overall race lead. He is 49 seconds ahead of Dumoulin in second, 51s ahead of Rohan Dennis, and 53s ahead of Tony Gallopin.

This is a video of the highlights from Stage 6:

CyclingNews has a full report and results.

Stage 6, Tour of Britain 2016

Haytor tor

Haytor tor, by AisforAmy91, Licence CC BY-ND 2.0

Stage 6 of the Tour of Britain 2016 is 150km from Sidmouth to Haytor, in Dartmoor.

Stage 6, Tour of Britain 2016: route map

Stage 6, Tour of Britain 2016: stage profile and timings

Profile of Stage 6, Tour of Britain 2016

Profile of Stage 6, Tour of Britain 2016, © Tour of Britain

These are the estimated timings and detailed route of Stage 6.

Stage 6, Tour of Britain 2016: the start in Sidmouth

The Esplanade, Sidmouth

The Esplanade, Sidmouth, by Tom Bastin, Licence CC BY 2.0

Stage 6 of the Tour of Britain 2016 starts by the sea, on The Esplanade in Sidmouth.

The riders head north on High Street/Vicarage Road/Temple Street/Arcot Road/Woolbrook Road. This is the neutralised section. Shortly after the junction of Woolbrook Road and the A3052, the flag goes down, and the racing starts.

The race turns right off the A3052 at Bowd, and goes north to Wiggaton and Ottery St Mary. It arrives in Ottery St Mary on Sidmouth Road/Tip Hill, and turns right on Yonder Street, to leave Ottery St Mary on Chineway Road.

Stage 6, Tour of Britain 2016: the climb of Chineway Hill (Category 2)

The climb of Chineway Hill begins at km 7.4, about 1km after Ottery St Mary. It takes the riders from a height of about 80m, up to about 240m at the top, at km 9.8.

After the climb, the race descends a little, and turns left on the A375 to Honiton. It arrives in Honiton on the Sidmouth Road, goes along High Street, then turns left on the A373, crossing the river Otter as it leaves town.

Honiton

Honiton, by Tony Atkin, Licence CC BY-SA 2.0

The A373 takes the riders to Godford Cross and Dulford. The route continues on Horn Road and Long Drag to cross the river Culm, and pass through the centre of Willand. Then it's on to Halberton, over the Grand Western Canal, and past Tiverton Golf Club.

Stage 6, Tour of Britain 2016: the sprint at Tiverton

Tiverton

Tiverton, by luigi53, Licence CC BY 2.0

The first intermediate sprint of the day is on the approach to Tiverton, after 43.3km. It's on Blundell's Road, and the line is near the junction with W Manley Lane.

The race then goes through the centre of Tiverton on the A396/Station Road, crossing the river Lowman, taking Gold Street/Fore Street/Angel Hill and crossing the river Exe on Bridge Street. There's a sharp left on the A3126, then the riders continue on the A396, heading south alongside the river Exe.

Near Bickleigh, the Devon Railway Centre, and the confluence of the Exe and the Dart, the race forks right on the A3072, towards Cadbury Hill.

Stage 6, Tour of Britain 2016: the climb of Cadbury Hill (Category 3)

The next categorised climb is of Cadbury Hill. It begins after 51.9km, at ends at km 56. The height at the bottom is about 60m, and at the summit, it is 220m.

The race continues past Shobrooke Park, and into Crediton for the next sprint.

Stage 6, Tour of Britain 2016: the sprint at Crediton

Crediton

Crediton, by Robert Cutts, Licence CC BY 2.0

The second intermediate sprint of the day is at Crediton, after 66.8km. The riders arrive on the A3072, and turn right on the A377 Union Road. The line is on the A377 High Street, in the centre of Crediton.

The riders leave Crediton on the A377, heading west to Copplestone; then race takes the A3072 west to Bow. Just before meeting the river Taw, it turns south on the A3124, to Whiddon Down, where the road becomes the A382. This is the first of two incursions into the Dartmoor National Park. 

The A382 takes the riders to Sandypark, across the river Teign, to Easton, and on to Moretonhampstead. Here, they fork left on the B3212, which climbs (but it's not categorised), and goes to Doccombe, over the river Teign again, on to Longdown, and to Pocombe Bridge, on the edge of Exeter.

The race heads away from Exeter from Ide in the direction of Dunchideock. The next climb is coming up.

Stage 6, Tour of Britain 2016: the climb at Dunchideock (Category 1)

Haldon Belvedere

Haldon Belvedere, by nilfanion, Licence CC BY-SA 3.0

This climb starts at km 126.8, and ends at km 129.6. The height where the riders cross the river Kenn is about 80m, and at the top of the climb, it is 240m. Just before the summit, they pass the folly known as Haldon Belvedere, or Lawrence Castle.

Then it's on to Oxencombe, and Chudleigh for the final intermediate sprint of the day.

Stage 6, Tour of Britain 2016: the sprint at Chudleigh

Church of St Martin & St Mary, Chudleigh

Church of St Martin & St Mary, Chudleigh, by Roger Cornfoot, Licence CC BY-SA 2.0

The last intermediate sprint comes after 136.7km. at Chudleigh. The rider arrive on Bottle Bridge Hill/Old Exeter Street, then take Fore Street. The line is on Fore Street, in front of the church of St Martin & St Mary.

Now the race takes the B3344, crosses the river Teign once again, and heads for Chudleigh Knighton, and on to Bovey Tracey. There, the riders are back on the edge of Dartmoor, and 8km from the summit finish at Haytor.

Stage 6, Tour of Britain 2016: to the summit finish at Haytor

Road up to Haytor

Road up to Haytor, by Andrew Hackney, Licence CC BY-SA 2.0

The race takes the B3387 out of Bovey Tracey, and heads west, and uphill. The categorised climb (Category 1) begins after 144.2km, and ends at the finish line of the race, after 149.9km.

The height where the riders cross the river Bovey in Bovey Tracey is about 40m, and the top, it's 400m.

Haytor tor

Haytor tor, by AisforAmy91, Licence CC BY-ND 2.0

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Mark Cavendish in his HTC Colombia days, by Brendan Rankin, Flickr, Licence CC BY-ND 2.0

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