Mathieu van der Poel strengthened his leading position on Friday in the seventh stage of the Tour of Great Britain. The Dutchman beat Matteo Trentin, the number two in the classification, with a nice sprint.
Van der Poel jumped in the last hundred meters away from his competitors, who were no longer able to catch him. He came up on his own at the top of a 1.4 kilometer climb and took the win with force majeure.
Due to his stage win, Van der Poel has a 12-second lead over Trentin in the rankings. The Belgian Jasper De Buyst is third and is forty seconds behind the classification leader.
For Van der Poel it was his second stage victory in the Tour of Great Britain after he was also the strongest in the second stage on Tuesday. His countryman Dylan Groenewegen was the best in the first, third and fifth stage.
Van der Poel can secure the overall victory in the British round on Saturday. In the final leg, the peloton travels over 166 kilometers from Altinchem to Manchester.
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Van der Poel had already announced an attack
Van der Poel already announced on Thursday that he would attack and made those words more than true one day later.
The peloton was able to parry a number of Dutch flight attempts, but Van der Poel did succeed in winning the first intermediate sprint - good for three bonus seconds. With that he already increased his lead in the classification at Trentin to eight seconds during the stage.
Besides Van der Poel, Dylan van Baarle was one of the tastemakers of the stage. For a long time the Team INEOS rider was the flight of the day together with the Australian Cameron Meyer (Mitchelton-SCOTT). The duo was caught by the peloton ten kilometers before the finish, after which it was the turn of the classification riders and Van der Poel took the mighty victory.