Stephane Rossetto and Greg Van Avermaet celebrate in Yorkshire
May 06 2018 06:18 pm CET

Stephane Rossetto and Greg Van Avermaet celebrate in Yorkshire
Stephane Rossetto and Greg Van Avermaet celebrate in Yorkshire
Photo by ASO/Karenn EDWARDS

Cofidis rider Stephane Rossetto has won the final stage of the Tour de Yorkshire. Greg Van Avermaet of BMC secured the overall win.

The fourth and final stage of the British race was 189.5 kilometers long, and with six climbs it was considered the queen stage of this year's edition.

Cofidis rider Stephane Rossetto dominated most of the stage with a long breakaway. The Frenchman was initially joined by Max Stedman of Canyon Eisberg but then dropped his companion in order to start a lengthy solo.

At the Arthington climb, with about 15 kilometers to go, Greg Van Avermaet made sure to pick up a few bonus seconds while race leader Magnus Cort Nielsen (Astana) struggled at the back and was eventually dropped.

In the mean time, Rossetto kept a solid pace at the front of the race and although the chasers slowly closed in, the Frenchman's advantage at 10 kilometers from the finish was still comfortable at more than a minute and 30 seconds.

Behind, Aqua Blue Sport's Eddie Dunbar attacked on a short climb at five kilometers from the end. Trailing GC leader Cort Nielsen by 27 seconds and Van Avermaet by just 17, the Irish rider hoped to surprise the Belgian but was quickly reeled back in by Van Avermaet's BMC teammates.

Rossetto cared little about the events in the group behind him and went on to take a memorable stage win at the finish line in Leeds.

The sprint for second place came shortly after, with Van Avermaet doing what was expected from him to beat his rivals and secure the win in the overall classification.



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