Will it be Boom time for Tour’s fi­nal day?

Wales On Sunday - - NEWS -

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

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