Will it be Boom time for Tour’s final day?
CYCLING fans will be gearing up to welcome some of the sport’s top stars to Wales as the final stage of the Tour of Britain finishes in Cardiff.
Geraint Thomas will be among the competitors riding into the capital – although the Cardiff-born Team Sky member is not in contention for the title.
Current leader Lars Boom retained his green jersey while Dylan Groenewegen yesterday won stage seven – from Hemel Hempstead to Cheltenham.
Boom finished safely in the bunch after the 185-kilometre race from Hemel Hempstead to remain at the top of the general classification with one stageg to go. There was a flurry of attacks in the closing stages but none of them were able to stick.
Edvald Boasson Hagen (Dimension Data), Gorka Izagirre (Movistar) and Dion Smith (Wanty Groupe Gobert) launched the final attack in the last 10 kilometres and pulled out a small gap.
But the move could not stick and the bunch was back together for the final kilometre, which included two sharp turns.
And Groenewegen came through unscathed to take victory ahead of a fast-finishing Ewan and prevented team-mate Boom’s rivals taking the vital bonus seconds.
Boom will begin today’s final stage in Wales with an eightsecond lead from BMC’s Stefan Kung, while Lotto NL-Jumbo team-mate Victor Campenaerts is nine seconds back and Team Sky’s Vasil Kiryienka a further second adrift.
The event is expected to attract thousands of fans to Cardiff city centre.
The route begins in Worcester before passing through Monmouthshire and Newport and finishing on King Edward VII Avenue, alongside Cardiff City Hall.
LottoNL Jumbo’s Dylan Groenewegen crosses the line to win stage seven of the OVO Energy Tour of Britain from Hemel Hempstead to Cheltenham and, left, Team Sky’s Geraint Thomas
Stage seven winner Dylan Groenewegen of LottoNL Jumbo