The break-away arrived again in Tour of Britain... but Alex Dowsett wasn't in it this time.
It was: Ista (IAM), Van Baarle (GRS), Konovalovas (MTN), Bialablocki (VGR) Vermote (OPQ).
A day to celebrate for OPQS that won stage and for Garmin that leads the GC with Van Baarle.
There is still a stage though... and it's a tt.
"Today I was really surprised with how good I felt, because except for one day here I've ridden on the front. We won with Mark Renshaw and then Michal Kwiatkowski won and took the leader's jersey, so there was a lot of work to be done by us and I was happy to do it. Five days out of six I pulled for the team, one of those stages I was on the front the whole stage. But every day I recovered well. Even then, it's not easy for me to win a stage because I am not a sprinter. Today the team said I should go, and if the move would not win the stage, maybe Kwiato and I could work together in the final kilometers. I went into the breakaway at the right moment and we knew we had a good chance right away, especially after seeing what happened yesterday. We worked well together. On the second-to-last climb I decided to go, because I knew it was possible for a victory. I knew it was a risk and I made sure I went full gas. I really wanted to win a stage because so many riders on this team have at least one victory. Now I have joined them and I am super happy. I know my place on the team and I love to help my teammates, but it's also nice when you can go for your own result when the opportunity is there. My teammates were so happy for me after the finish and it shows that the work I do for all of them, and the team, includes big rewards for myself too."
"As you see, it's hard racing here at Tour of Britain. The peloton couldn't control this breakaway. Luckily we had a strong Julien Vermote there. He really deserves this win. He pulled so much for us, for me every single day and today he took a beautiful victory. Congratulations to him. We're really happy about it. Of course, I wanted to also take back the yellow jersey but Van Baarle was still in front. It's hard to control everything in a race. We accelerated on the second-to-last climb and dropped Dowsett, but it was hard to close the gap on the group between Vermote and us. But OK, I'm only 19" down. There is the time trial tomorrow which I said earlier in this race that it would be important, even if it's short. Anything can happen. I have done well on short time trials like the one of tomorrow. So we will see. But today we are going to celebrate the big victory of Julien."
MORE TO COME
1 Julien Vermote (Bel) Omega Pharma-QuickStep 5:12:34
2 Ignatas Konovalovas (Ltu) MTN-Qhubeka 0:00:23
3 Dylan Van Baarle (Ned) Garmin-Sharp
4 Michal Kwiatkowski (Pol) Omega Pharma-QuickStep 0:01:20
5 Lars-Petter Nordhaug (Nor) Belkin Pro Cycling Team
6 Kevin Ista (Bel) IAM Cycling
7 Dylan Teuns (Bel) BMC Racing Team
8 Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) IAM Cycling
9 Francesco Manuel Bongiorno (Ita) Bardiani CSF
10 Edoardo Zardini (Ita) Bardiani CSF
11 Matthieu Boulo (Fra) Team Raleigh
12 Jon Izagirre Insausti (Esp) Movistar Team
13 Marcin Bialobloski (Pol) Giordana Racing Team
14 Bradley Wiggins (GBr) Team Sky
15 Jan Barta (Cze) Team NetApp-Endura
16 Sébastien Reichenbach (Sui) IAM Cycling
17 Nicolas Roche (Irl) Tinkoff-Saxo
18 David Lopez Garcia (Esp) Team Sky
19 Rory Sutherland (Aus) Tinkoff-Saxo
20 Christopher Juul Jensen (Den) Tinkoff-Saxo
1 Dylan Van Baarle (Ned) Garmin-Sharp 30:22:02
2 Michal Kwiatkowski (Pol) Omega Pharma-QuickStep 0:00:19
3 Edoardo Zardini (Ita) Bardiani CSF 0:00:25
4 Nicolas Roche (Irl) Tinkoff-Saxo 0:00:35
5 Dylan Teuns (Bel) BMC Racing Team 0:00:36
6 Jon Izagirre Insausti (Esp) Movistar Team 0:00:45
7 Bradley Wiggins (GBr) Team Sky 0:00:47
8 David Lopez Garcia (Esp) Team Sky 0:00:49
9 Sébastien Reichenbach (Sui) IAM Cycling 0:00:51
10 Alex Dowsett (GBr) Movistar Team 0:00:59
11 Ignatas Konovalovas (Ltu) MTN-Qhubeka
12 Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) IAM Cycling 0:01:07
13 Jan Barta (Cze) Team NetApp-Endura 0:01:22
14 Christopher Juul Jensen (Den) Tinkoff-Saxo 0:01:25
15 Tao Geoghegan Hart (GBr) Great Britain
16 Francesco Manuel Bongiorno (Ita) Bardiani CSF 0:01:27
17 Rory Sutherland (Aus) Tinkoff-Saxo 0:01:32
18 Steve Lampier (GBr) Giordana Racing Team 0:01:35
19 Matthieu Boulo (Fra) Team Raleigh 0:01:48
20 Jack Bauer (NZl) Garmin-Sharp 0:02:11