Poels secures second in London

09 Sep 2018

Poels secures second in London

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Wout Poels wrapped up an impressive second place overall at the Tour of Britain to bring a successful race to a close.

The Dutchman finished safely as stage eight concluded in a bunch kick on the streets of London. That ensured Poels took to the overall podium, 17 seconds back on race winner Julian Alaphilippe (Quick-Step Floors).
 
Team Sky made sure Poels was supported around 14 laps of a fan-lined, technical 5.5-kilometre course, in addition to enlivening the race. Chris Froome put in an early attack before Vasil Kiryienka powered clear off the front to entertain the crowds with a solo breakaway attempt. The Belarusian picked up the combativity prize for his efforts.
 
With Kiryienka caught, Geraint Thomas and Ian Stannard made sure Poels was in a perfect position on the final lap, crossing the line shortly after stage victor Caleb Ewan (Mitchelton-Scott).
 
Second place saw Poels equal his general classification result from 2015, in a race which also yielded two stage victories for Team Sky. Success on the tough climb to Whinlatter Pass on stage six ensured Poels elevated himself into the podium picture, with Ian Stannard doubling up for the team with a rousing solo ride 24 hours later.
Stage eight result:

1. Caleb Ewan (Mitchelton-Scott) 1:38:33
2. Ferando Gaviria (Quick-Step Floors) s.t.
3. Andre Greipel (Lotto Soudal)
4. Andrea Pasqualon (Wanty-Groupe Goubert)
5. Ethan Hayter (Great Britain)
24. Wout Poels (Team Sky)

Overall standings:

1. Julian Alaphilippe (Quick-Step Floors) 26:25:58
2. Wout Poels (Team Sky) +17"
3. Primoz Roglic (LottoNL-Jumbo) +33"
4. Patrick Bevin (BMC Racing) +42"
5. Bob Jungels (Quick-Step Floors) +51"

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