Tiller swoops to conquer in Gloucester as Van Aert cracks in final kilometre

Uno-X sprinter outpaces Bora’s Van Poppel as Van Aert’s clings on to the race lead

Victory for Rasmus Tiller
(Image credit: swpix.com)

There’s been a good deal of griping about the quality of the stages and the racing at the Tour of Britain, but no one could have any complaints about the penultimate stage into Gloucester. Victory went to Norway’s Rasmus Tiller, the Uno-X rider unleashing a powerful sprint that saw off Danny van Poppel (Bora-Hansgrohe) and Great Britain’s Stevie Williams, and came after that rarest of things – Wout van Aert (Jumbo-Visma) running out of juice when alone at the front and seemingly set for his second victory in three days.

The sight of the hills brought the bunch to life right from the start in Tewkesbury. A flurry of early attacks finally resulted in Britain’s Mark Donovan (Q36.5) and Ben Turner (Ineos Grenadiers) going clear. After a good few kilometres out on their own, they were joined by Alexandar Richardson (Saint Piran), Liam Johnston (Trinity) and Abram Stockman (TDT-Unibet), who’s been an almost everyday presence in the escapes this week.

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Peter Cossins has been writing about professional cycling since 1993, with his reporting appearing in numerous publications and websites including Cycling WeeklyCycle Sport and Procycling - which he edited from 2006 to 2009. Peter is the author of several books on cycling - The Monuments, his history of cycling's five greatest one-day Classic races, was published in 2014, followed in 2015 by Alpe d’Huez, an appraisal of cycling’s greatest climb. Yellow Jersey - his celebration of the iconic Tour de France winner's jersey won the 2020 Telegraph Sports Book Awards Cycling Book of the Year Award.