Wout Poels wins Tour of Britain stage six for Team Sky as Alaphilippe takes race lead

Briton Hugh Carthy finishes third after battle on Whinlatter Pass

Wout Poels wins stage six of the 2018 Tour of Britain (Photo by Justin Setterfield/Getty Images)

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A breathtaking finish on Whinlatter Pass saw Team Sky's Wout Poels take stage six of the Tour of Britain. Part of a final group of three, the Dutchman played his opponents perfectly, out sprinting Julian Alaphilippe, whose second place was sufficient to take the race lead.

After animating much of the final 1500 metres, Briton Hugh Carthy (EF Education First-Drapac) faded in the final metres but placed third.

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Owen Rogers is an experienced journalist, covering professional cycling and specialising in women's road racing. He has followed races such as the Women's Tour and Giro d'Italia Donne, live-tweeting from Women's WorldTour events as well as providing race reports, interviews, analysis and news stories. He has also worked for race teams, to provide post race reports and communications.