2013 Stage 6, 137km Sid­mouth > hay­tor

Cycling Weekly - - TOUR OF BRITAIN -

5 The race’s first sum­mit fin­ish took the pelo­ton to the high moors of Devon, with a 3.6mile as­cent of the climb of Hay­tor. Race leader Bradley Wig­gins, Dan Martin and Nairo Quin­tana were among a lead group of nine, when, with one kilo­me­tre to go, 21-year-old Great Bri­tain rider Si­mon Yates jumped clear to an­nounce him­self to the world.

Ben­nett re­calls: “It was a sur­prise to see Si­mon Yates there, this na­tional rider tak­ing on and beat­ing World­tour and Pro Con­ti­nen­tal rid­ers.” What they said... The win shocked the Bury man as much as ev­ery­one else: “I still didn’t be­lieve it un­til I looked be­hind a few me­tres be­fore the line. I’m ec­static. It’s one of my best vic­to­ries. With the com­pany there, you can’t get much bet­ter.”

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