The sprinters are having a fine old time at the Tour of Britain. Day four and another close run to the line.
Tour of Britain Stage 4: Mansfield to Newark-on-Trent, 164.7km
Fernando Gaviria took his first victory of this year’s edition to add to the one he scored in 2015. Quick Step Floor’s outrageously talented Colombian came off Max Richeze‘s wheel to grab the win by a bike throw from Elia Viviani (Sky) with Katusha-Alpecin’s Alexander Kristoff rounding out the podium. Second place for Viviani was enough to snatch the race lead from Caleb Ewan (ORICA-Scott) on count back.
Following on from Taylor Phinney’sDQ regarding jumping the level crossing, comes a brace of DQs for using the pavement to attack .You can’t say the race commissaries are not strict enough at the Tour of Britain.I look forward to similar adherence during the spring races in Belgium next year #RideOnTheCobblesPlease
Brent Bookwalter update…
BMC’s Brent Bookwalter crashed into the back of a parked car that should never been on the course. He was forced to abandon the race but thankfully has avoided any fractures, team report here.
Super bummed to end @thetourofbritain like this. Thankfully, I'm ok and feel blessed to be no worse off. Thank you for all the inquiries and well wishes, inspiring to know you are all looking out for me! Thank you also to the incredible race medical crew (best I've experienced in a race) and @bmcproteam for taking such good care of me. They made a scary and confusing experience easier to handle from the race doctor all the way to the paramedics who took me to the hospital. I'm very disappointed to abandon the race, especially from an incident that likely could have been avoided with more pro active safety measures. Right now, my focus is on recovering and letting my body and head heal.
Forget the tractor art at the Tour de France, the Tour of Britain boasts a crack team of synchronised sheep!
Full report at Cycling News
Header image: Fernando Gaviria by a bike throw © KT/Tim De Waele/Corbis via Getty Images