Tour of Britain - Ethan Hayter: I was on the limit, but Carlos kind of saved me
Sep 11 2021 08:32 am CET

Tour of Britain - Ethan Hayter: I was on the limit, but Carlos kind of saved me
Tour of Britain - Ethan Hayter: I was on the limit, but Carlos kind of saved me
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Ineos-Grenadiers' Ethan Hayter has kept one more day his lead in the General Classification of the Tour of Britain.

The Briton was part of the last breakaway of the day, the one that included his main rivals in the General Classification fight. On the last metres, the rider followed the move of Mikkel Honoré -who was doing the lead-out for Julian Alaphilippe, and Van Aert followed him. The Belgian beat everybody to the finish line and Hayter was second, maintaining his GC lead, four seconds ahead of the winner of the day.

"It’s great to keep the jersey," said Hayter. "The gap is now four seconds, so if he [van Aert] wins the race on time bonuses, there’s not much we can do about it. I’m happy to be leading the Tour of Britain still, it’s amazing.

"It all kicked off with about 15 kilometres to go on that climb, and actually I wasn’t playing it cool. I was on the limit, but Carlos [Rodriguez] kind of saved me because otherwise I would’ve been open to a lot more attacks. He was closing stuff and setting a good tempo, and, in the end, it put everyone off attacking, especially in the last couple of kilometres. To keep the jersey and be second on the stage is a very good result for me, and I’m looking forward to the next two days."

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