Wout van Aert won his second victory at the Tour of Britain and moved back into the blue leader’s jersey.
On the fourth stage of the AJ Bell Tour of Britain, that included 3000 altitude metres and more than 210 kilometers, Wout van Aert outsprinted World Champion Julian Alaphilippe to the line on the Great Orme climb. He distanced Alaphilippe on the steepest gradients with a strong final punch and managed to re-take the race lead from Ethan Hayter.
Wout van Aert:
"I went all the way over the limit. It was a super hard finish, especially the first kilometre of the climb. It was steep, and probably a bit too steep for a guy like me. I knew that if I could hang on and hold the wheel of Alaphilippe and Woods – my biggest competitors today -, I could rely on my sprint."
"It’s just nice to take a victory, not only because you beat Julian in a tight finish like this, but as a bike racer it’s really nice as well. It’s also a special finish here and it really makes me proud."