Stage win­ner: Dy­lan Groen­we­gen (Ned) Lot­tonl-jumbo Hemel Hemp­stead > Chel­tenham, 185.1km

Cycling Weekly - - Feature -

STAGE 7

It took nearly a week but a full-blooded bike race fi­nally erupted on a wet and lumpy run across the Cotswolds. Mul­ti­ple at­tempts to go clear were neu­tralised by a mo­ti­vated pelo­ton sens­ing the over­all win hang­ing in the bal­ance — Boom had around 20 sec­onds in hand over a raft of po­ten­tial win­ners at the start of the day.

The fi­nal climb saw a flurry of at­tacks from rid­ers in­clud­ing Michal Kwiatkowski (Team Sky), James Shaw (Lotto-soudal), and Jonathan Mcevoy (Madi­son-ge­n­e­sis). A group of four, in­clud­ing pos­si­ble over­all win­ner Ed­vald Boas­son Ha­gen (Di­men­sion Data) es­caped but were brought back and a bunch sprint en­sued. Groe­newe­gen timed it just right to come past Caleb Ewan, who was given a text­book lead-out, for the win. Race leader: Lars Boom (Ned) Lot­tonl-jumbo

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