Daniel Martin remained seventh overall in the Tour of Britain at the end of stage seven, with him and his cousin Nicolas Roche (Team DSM) finishing in the main field in a bumpy race to Edinburgh. The stage was won by Belgian rider Yves Lampaert (Deceunick-QuickStep), who was the fastest of a group of three breakaways that stayed away from the line. He beat American Matteo Jorgenson (Movistar Team) and Briton Matthew Gibson (Ribble Weldtite Pro Cycling) at the gallop, with two more escaping a little over 30 seconds behind.
The peloton rode one minute and 51 seconds behind but none of the breakaways were a threat to the overall standings. Ethan Hayter keeps four seconds ahead of Wout Van Aert (Jumbo-Visma), while Martin and Roche remain seventh and 11th overall. They are one minute 10 seconds and two minutes two seconds behind Hayter before Sunday’s final stage, an undulating stage towards Aberdeen which should not radically change the general classification.
Another Irishman, Rory Townsend (Canyon dhb SunGod) continues to sit second overall in the King of the Mountains and third in the sprint competition.
Meanwhile, it was a tough day for the riders in the Elite Women’s Road Race at the European Championships, with the tough course in Trento, Italy experiencing a huge attrition rate. Only 32 riders out of 102 starters completed the event, largely due to the short race laps and the resulting insistence of the race organizers that those who were detached from the main peloton withdraw.
Dutchwoman Ellen van Dijk took the solo victory, one minute and 18 seconds ahead of Liane Lippert (Germany) and Rasa Leleivyte (Lithuania). The two Irish, Megan Armitage and Ellen McDermott, were among the many non-finishers, but they have gained important experience for the future.
Tour of Brittany (2.Pro)
Stage 7 Hawick to Edinburgh: 1 Yves Lampaert (Deceuninck-QuickStep) 194.8 kilometers in 4 hours 39 minutes 9, 2 M Jorgenson (Movistar Team), 3 M Gibson (Ribble Weldtite Pro Cycling) both at the same time, 4 D Ballerini (Deceuninck-QuickStep) at 35.5 P Eenkhoorn (Jumbo-Visma) at 41.6 E Hayter (Ineos Grenadiers) at 1 min 51
Irish: 39 N Roche (Team DSM), 55 D Martin (Israel Start-up Nation), 59 B Healy (Trinity Racing) all at the same time, 89 R Townsend (Canyon DHB Sungod) at 7:24
General classification after stage 7: 1 Ethan Hayter (Ineos Grenadiers) 27 hours 34 min 32, 2 W Van Aert (Jumbo-Visma) at 4 secs, 3 J Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-QuickStep) at 21.4 M Honoré (Deceuninck-QuickStep) at 35.5 M Woods (Israel Start-up Nation) at 54, 6 R Dennis (Ineos Grenadiers) at 1 min 8
Irish: 7 D Martin (Israel Start-up Nation) at 1 min 10, 13 N Roche (Team DSM) at 2 min 2, 53 R Townsend (Canyon DHB Sungod) at 20 min 5, 58 B Healy (Trinity Racing) at 23 min 19
Ranking of points: Ethan Hayter (Ineos Grenadiers) 76
Mountain classification: 1 Jacob Scott (Canyon DHB Sungod) 66, 2 R Townsend (Canyon DHB Sungod) 30, 3 N Sessler (Global 6 Cycling) 28
Sprint ranking: 1 Jacob Scott (Canyon DHB Sungod) 26, 2 R Carpenter (Bike Rally) 9, 3 R Townsend (Canyon DHB Sungod) 9
Team ranking: 1 Deceuninck-QuickStep 82 hours 4 min 46, 2 Ineos Grenadiers at 23, 3 Team DSM at 3 min 23
Other: 6 Israel Start-up Nation at 7:58, 11 Canyon dhb SunGod at 14:37, 13 Trinity Racing at 22:32
European Road Championships, Trento, Italy
Elite women road race: 1 Ellen van Dijk (Netherlands) 107.2 kilometers in 2 hours 50 min 35, 2 L Lippert (Germany) at 1 min 18, 3 R Leleivyte (Lithuania), 4 K Niewiadoma (Poland), 5 D Vollering (Country -Bas), 6 M Cavalli (Italy)
Other: DNF M Armitage (Ireland), DNF E McDermott (Ireland)