I’ve spent the last two days watching the Tour of Britain as it passed through the West Midlands.
Thursday’s Stage 6 was a shortish 14km time trial. Starting in Pershore it left the town, had a jolly around the countryside before returning back over the river bridge and heading to the finish line. The stage was won by Mitchelton-Scott’s Edoardo Affini, but the biggest change was the changing hands of the leader’s jersey from Trentin to Van der Poel.
Friday saw the riders begin the day in Warwick before heading initially northwards before looping back down the Fosse Way to the Burton Dassett Country Park. The route was very similar to that taken during the Women’s Tour, back in June – the weather was much much better today though.
As predicted, Van der Poel outsprinted everyone else on the short climb to the finish line to retain and all but confirm his first Tour of Britain overall victory with just a sprint stage in Manchester to come.