The final stage of the 14th OVO Energy Tour of Britain ended in another sprint Sunday with Team KATUSHA ALPECIN’S Alexander Kristoff in the hunt once again for a stage win. The Norwegian rider took third behind stage winner Edvald Boasson Hagen (Dimension Data) and retained his lead in the points competition for the final general classification.
“It was hard today with an attack earlier when the peloton split, but we had the whole team in front so it was good for us. In the final I tried to look for (Fernando) Gaviria who was closest to me in the points competition but there was an attack from Boasson Hagen and he just managed to hold off. Out of the last corner a gap opened up to Richeze so then he was also in the front with Boasson Hagen and I had to sprint from there, so it was third place again today. Every day I have been in top 5 except on the time trial. I would love to have had a victory, but at least I won the points jersey so we got something. I look forward to the Worlds,” said team captain Alexander Kristoff, referring to the UCI Worlds Championships taking place in Bergen, Norway September 17-24.
The 8th stage began in Worcester and ended in Cardiff at 180.2km. Boasson Hagen’s late attack gave him the win on a time of 4:19:00. Richeze (Quick-Step Floors) took second just ahead of Kristoff. For the general classification, Lars Boom of Team LottoNL-Jumbo won the race by 8-seconds to Boasson Hagen and ten-seconds to Stefan Küng of BMC. Kristoff’s held the final points jersey by 16-points to Fernando Gaviria.
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