Tour of Britain - Ethan Hayter: I went as hard as I could and it was enough
Sep 10 2021 07:51 am CET

Tour of Britain - Ethan Hayter: I went as hard as I could and it was enough
Tour of Britain - Ethan Hayter: I went as hard as I could and it was enough
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Ethan Hayter (Ineos-Grenadiers) has sprinted to victory in the fifth stage of the Tour of Britain, and retook the GC lead.

The British team did what it had to do to achieve this result: controlled the pace of the pack, positioned Hayter well in the last kilometres and did a good lead-out for the final sprint. Despite the crash of Owain Dull in the last stretch, the rider could manage to take the victory of the day and retake the lead of the overall classification.

"The hard work was done before the last kilometre, to be honest," said the rider. "The team were amazing and from about 20 kilometres to go we were there or thereabouts and out of trouble. The last 10 kilometres got twisty with a tailwind. We were in the perfect place, really. In the last corner, with 700 metres to go, a couple guys came up on the inside and I knew I just had to get round it safely really. I didn’t want to be right at the front, either, because it was still quite a long way to go. I saw [Owain] Doull slowly drifting, and I was like 'this isn’t good' and then he crashed.

"His bike started drifting as well, and you are meant to look where you are going - when you look at something, you end up riding into it. I just squeezed between the bike and the barrier, and you get a rush of adrenaline. Then I just screamed on the radio for [Michal] Kwiato to go flat out. I didn’t actually get a great run at the finish, I couldn’t quite believe the situation but when I did, I put it in my biggest gear, went as hard as I could, and it was enough.

"I woke up this morning, and it was actually the best I had felt all race, so it clearly worked out in the end. I had a cold last week, so I came into it not feeling amazing and obviously everyone knows Wout van Aert won on the Champs-Élysées, so he is one of the fastest guys. Then there’s Cav, Nizzolo and all these people. I took six bonus seconds the other day by winning the sprint there, and obviously it was a completely different stage, so I knew there was a chance."

Only eight seconds separate Hayter from Wout van Aert, so the next days things can get tense. "I think the time bonuses can still come into play and there’s a lot of hard racing still to go," commented the Briton. "It might not come down to time bonuses in the end; there could be big gaps tomorrow and a couple of the days after that, so it’s going to be interesting. We will just do what we can."





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