Łukasz Owsian made sure to be in breakaway of the day on stage 7 of OVO Energy Tour of Britain to pursue the KOM jersey, while three other CCC Sprandi Polkowice riders sprinted into top 20
Info: Stage 7, 9th of September, Hemel Hemstead – Cheltenham, 185,1km
How it unfolded
After lively first 20 kilometers of racing, 6 riders broke clear. First it was Dexter Gardias (BIKE Channel Canyon), Steele Von Hoff (ONE Pro Cycling) and Robert Power (Orica-Scott) who went away. Łukasz Owsian didn’t want to miss the opportunity to fight for the KOM jersey and decided to chase them down alongside mountains classification leader, Jacob Scott (An Post Chain Reaction) and Russell Downing (JLT Condor). They managed to bridge across and together establish 4:30 lead, which they kept for a long time.
After entering final 50km of the stage, the action heated up in the bunch. Some big names decided to pull away from the field, which sparked fierce chase led by Team LottoNL-Jumbo. Advantage of Owsian’s breakaway was melting very fast and with 35km to go escapees got reeled in.
Before that happened, Scott won two KOMs, besting Owsian on both occasions. That way he extended his lead on CCC Sprandi Polkowice rider in mountains ranks to 7 points.
Tony Martin (Katusha-Alpecin) attacked straight away after catching the escape and time trialed towards the line. His attempt was neutralized with 13km to go though.
Maciej Paterski was very active late in the stage, initiating attacks and staying at the head of the group. That cost him some energy and was unable to respond, when 5 riders pulled away on the last categorized climb. Among them was one of the favorites, Edvald Boasson Hagen (Dimension Data), but his move didn’t turn out to be successful either. They were pulled back in just before “flame rouge” and again it was all decided in a bunch gallop.
Dylan Groenewegen (Team LottoNL-Jumbo) sprinted to victory, defeating Caleb Ewan (Orica-Scott) and Brenton Jones (JLT Condor). As many as three “riders in orange” arrived across the line in the top 20, as Maciej Paterski was 11th, Jan Tratnik 12th and Jonas Koch 18th.
Lars Boom (Team LottoNL-Jumbo) defended his leader jersey.