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Tour of Britain 2017: Caleb Ewan takes impressive victory into Aldeburgh

Joe Robinson
8 Sep 2017

Caleb Ewan wins his third stage of Tour of Britain with impressive sprint win

Caleb Ewan (Orica-Scott) won Stage 6 of the Tour of Britain in a convincing performance into Aldeburgh beating Fernando Gaviria (Quick-Step Floors) to the stage win.

A late attack from Alex Dowsett (Movistar) animated the final kilometres, yet was unable to stick with Orica-Scott driving the pace at the front of the bunch. Ewan finished off his team's work taking a third victory in six stages.

Lars Boom (LottoNL-Jumbo) holds onto the leaders jersey going into the penultimate stage, keeping his six second gap to teammate Victor Campenaerts. 

Tomorrow sees the riders tackle a rolling stage from Hemel Hempstead to Cheltenham. 

The tale of the stage

Stage 6 saw the peloton take on yet another flat stage from Newmarket to Aldeburgh with only one categorised climb on route. 

The 187km stage will produce little in the way of General Classification shake-up and is expected to see the sprinters contest the win again. 

Yesterday's time trial along the coastal roads of Essex saw Lars Boom (LottoNL-Jumbo) take the stage and the overall lead with teammate Victor Campenaerts second, six seconds back. 

Like clockwork, the breakaway formed consisting of a mix on British continental teams, with only one WorldTour representative.

The best placed rider on GC from the break was Hayden McCormick (One Pro Cycling) who sat 1 minute 14 adrift of Boom. 

In a bid to protect Boom's leaders jersey, LottoNL-Jumbo assumed most of the pace setting from the off, deploying time trial specialist Primoz Roglic to the front of the main bunch.

The time gap managed to creep up to 3 minutes at points but with the work of LottoNl-Jumbo and Team Sky, began to reduce immediately.

Chris Lawless - the young rider guesting for the Team GB side - retired from the race preventing him contesting the sprint stages that remained. 

On yet another nondescript day, one highlight was the peloton riding past Framlingham Castle in Suffolk. Despite its natural beauty, its name drop in Ed Sheeran's hit Castle on the Hill has given it a claim to fame. 

With the time gaps between the top ten so tight, multiple teams took responsibility of reeling the break back, with Katusha-Alpecin and Dimension Data sharing the duties with LottoNL-Jumbo.

In the last 25km, the time gap dropped to 1 minute 30, with clear impetus from the peloton to contest a stage sprint. 

With 10km to go, crosswinds threatened with Team Sky pushing the pace on the front as the race hit some exposed fields. 

The break were eventually caught with 3km left to race.

Tour of Britain Stage 6: Newmarket - Aldeburgh 186.9km, result

1. Caleb Ewan (AUS) Orica-Scott, 4:13:06
2. Fernando Gaviria (COL) Quick-Step Floors, at same time 
3. Dylan Groenewegen (NED) LottoNL-Jumbo, at st
4. Alexander Kristoff (NOR) Katusha-Alpecin, at st 
5. Andrea Pasqualon (ITA) Wanty-Groupe Gobert, at st
6. Brenton Jones (AUS) JLT Condor, at st
7. Enzo Wouters (BEL) Lotto-Soudal, at st
8. Edvald Boasson Hagen (NOR) Dimension Data, at st
9. Patrick Bevin (NZL) Cannondale-Drapac, at st
10. Michal Kwiatkowski (POL) Team Sky, at st

Tour of Britain: General Classification after Stage 6

1. Lars Boom (NED) LottoNL-Jumbo, 17:57:25
2. Victor Campenaerts (BEL) LottoNL-Jumbo, at 0:08
3. Vasil Kiryienka (BLR) Team Sky, at 0:09
4. Stefan Kung (SUI) BMC Racing, at 0:10
5. Jos Van Emden (NED) LottoNL-Jumbo, at 0:13
6. Tony Martin (GER) Katusha-Alpecin, at 0:14
7. Michal Kwiatkowski (POL) Team Sky, at 0:19
8. Edvald Boasson Hagen (NOR) Dimension Data, at same time 
9. Geraint Thomas (GBR) Team Sky, at st
10. Ryan Mullen (IRL) Cannondale-Drapac, at 0:27