Mathieu van der Poel has doubled on Tuesday in the Tour of Great Britain. The Dutchman was by far the strongest in the fourth stage on a short final climb and also took the lead in the general classification.
Van der Poel jumped out of the thinned peloton at 500 meters from the finish, passed the refugees Tony Gallopin, Ben Hermans and James Shaw and kept the competition far behind.
The Belgian Jasper De Buyst remained closest to Van der Poel and finished second in three seconds. The Australian Simon Clarke finished third.
For Van der Poel it is already his eighth victory of the season. Earlier this year he won the Amstel Gold Race, Dwars door Vlaanderen and the Brabantse Pijl, among others. His last win was about a month ago when he booked a stage win in the Arctic Race of Norway.
In the rankings Van der Poel took over the lead from Matteo Trentin, who finished ninth on three counts. The leader of Corendon-Circus has one second ahead of the Italian, who is now second.
Van der Poel finished second in the third stage on Monday. Then the cyclocross world champion Dylan Groenewegen had to tolerate far ahead in the mass sprint.