06 Sep 2021
Sherford → Exeter (183.9 km)
Wout van Aert wins stage one of the 2021 Tour of Britain after timing his uphill sprint to perfection. The world champion Julian Alaphilippe attacked first with 500 meters to go after a strong lead-out by the Deceuninck-Quick Step team. However, despite his own effort and his team, he finished eighth on the day. Nils Eekhoff of Team DSM finished second, and Gonzalo Serrano of Movistar took the third step of the podium. Ethan Hayter was the top placed Brit, finishing fourth overall.
Today's stage will take place around the challenging roads of Devon, with the stage finishing in Exeter. The peloton will take on three category two climbs along the route. The second and third climb both come at the closing end of the stage in the Dartmoor National Park. The riders will face the 8.7 km climb of Rundlestone before taking the last categorised climb up to the famous Warren House Inn. Although the day includes a lot of climbing, with a descending and flat last 10 km, it could be a day for the sprinters.
The favourite to win today's stage is Wout van Aert. Can he keep hold of the leader's jersey all the way to the finish?
Cycling Fact of the Day:
The Deceuninck-Quick Step team has won more stages of the Tour of Britain than any other team. Can the team add to this dominance with more stage wins this year, with the strong representation of sprinter Mark Cavendish and team leader Julian Alaphilippe.