STAGE SEVEN LIVED UP TO TOUGH EXPECTATIONS | ONE Pro Cycling

The penultimate stage of the Tour of Britain promised to be one of the toughest stages of this year’s race and it certainly lived up to expectations. Starting in the town of Hemel Hempstead the race featured three king of the mountain climbs and two official intermediate sprints during the 186.1km route on its way to the finish line in Cheltenham. 

As the flag dropped following a 10km-neutralised zone, the attacks started immediately with several teams looking to place a rider in the break away. ONE Pro Cycling had good representation, with each member of the team getting involved to try and place themselves in the breakaway.

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After 25km of racing the break finally escaped and it was Australian Steele Von Hoff who found himself in a lead group of three. As the peloton began to shut down, they were joined by three additional escapees to form a strong break of group of six riders.

Over the course of the next 20km, the leaders worked well to open up an advantage of 4 minutes 30 seconds over the peloton lead by the yellow jersey team of Team Lotto NL Jumbo. As the race hit the 40km to go point, the GC riders decided to try and mix things up with five riders forming a chasing group. As they battled to get to the front group, the peloton upped their speed significantly, bringing the race all back together with 25km to go and just one king of the mountain remaining.

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Into the final climb of the day ONE Pro Cycling were positioned well and as a small move went clear it was Karol Domagalski who reacted strongly placing himself within the group. As soon as it was caught, James Oram launched his attack going away with two other riders.

However the peloton were keen to shut the race down and caught the small group containing Oram just before the top of Cleeve Hill. At this point a small group of three riders slipped clear, including former ONE Pro Cycling rider Dion Smith. They only managed to open a gap of a handful of seconds on the descent before the race all came back together.

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With three riders still in the front group the team looked to push Kamil Gradek forward, Gradek came out of the final turn and sprinted home in 13th position which was good enough to see him move up to 21st on the General Classification.

With just one stage remaining the team have three riders in the top 30 on GC and we look forward to another action packed day as we make our way from Worcester to Cardiff on the final stage.