Wout van Aert claimed his third win in six days at the Tour of Britain as he narrowed the gap in the overall standing to race leader Hayter to four seconds.
The Belgian champion came out on top in a select elite group and crossed the line in Gateshead first, ahead of Hayter and Alaphilippe. Hayter retaines the leader’s jersey, but Van Aert narrowed the gap to the Brit thanks to the time bonus at the finish line.
Wout van Aert:
“It was a nice course with a nice opportunity in the end – a steep kicker with 14 kilometres to go. I thought it would be nice to make the race a bit harder and maybe even surprise some other guys, but we ended up with all the main favourites in the front group. From then on it was quite clear for me that it would be a sprint because Ethan [Hayter] and the also the guy from Movistar [Matteo Jorgenson] had a team-mate in the group who would keep it together."
“I’m focusing on the racing day by day. It will all come down to the bonus seconds. Maybe there will be some other opportunities along the way, so we need to be focused and hopefully we can try something again."