After team-mate Wout Poels won atop Whinlatter on Friday, Team Sky’s Ian Stannard produced a brilliant individual performance to solo to victory in Mansfield during the 2018 OVO Energy Tour of Britain’s penultimate and longest stage in Nottinghamshire on Saturday.
Stannard instigated the day’s five-man breakaway, which went clear after the first SKODA King of the Mountains climb at Keyworth – located 20 kilometres after the race’s longest stage departed from West Bridgford – before eventually going solo with 16 kilometres remaining.
The 31-year-old Briton last won a stage of the race in 2016, when he also soloed to glory in Tatton Park, Knutsford. This time he was time chased hard by Team KATUSHA ALPECIN’s Nils Politt, who kept him at arm’s length until the final run in to the line.
Quick-Step Floors rider Julian Alaphilippe finished safely within the peloton to all-but claim the overall title with a largely ceremonial stage in London
awaiting the peloton on Sunday.