Ian Stannard takes solo win on Tour of Britain 2018 stage seven

Alaphilippe finishes in bunch to retain GC lead

Ian Stannard (Team Sky) riding to victory in Mansfield at Stage seven of the 2018 Tour of Britain. Photo: Alex Whitehead/SWpix.com

Bringing his team their second win in two stages, Team Sky's Ian Stannard won stage seven of the 2018 Tour of Britain on Saturday. His face stained with the game of a long wet day in the saddle, the 31-year-old crossed the line 59 seconds ahead of fellow escapee Nils Politt.

The pair were the last remaining from a five man escape group when Stannard attacked the German with 16km of the 215.6km stage remaining, setting up and enthralling game of cat and mouse as they approached the line in Mansfield.

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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.