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Tour of Britain 2018: LottoNL-Jumbo win uphill team time trial

Joe Robinson
6 Sep 2018

A tough day of climbing up Whinlatter Pass sees LottoNL-Jumbo takes the day's spoils

LottoNL-Jumbo dominated the uphill team time trial to Whinlatter Pass on Stage 5 of the Tour of Britain, beating Quick-Step Floors to the victory.

Remaining in formation up the final climb, the Dutch WorldTour team managed to clock a time of 19 minutes and 37 seconds, 17 seconds quicker than Quick-Step who also managed to post a time underneath 20 minutes.

BMC Racing struggled on the climb with Stefan Kung finding himself dropped in the closing kilometre. This led to Patrick Bevin conceding time and eventually the race lead. Team Sky also found themselves adrift of the quickest teams, conceding 26 seconds on the stage.

Bevin's struggles helped hand the race lead over to Primoz Roglic (LottoNL-Jumbo), who took advantage of his team's dominant performance.

The Slovenian will now look to defend the race lead over the final three stages before the final day in London this Sunday.

Up, up and away

Well done Sweetspot, organisers of the Tour of Britain. Stage 5 looked to combine the British love affair with hill climbs and time trial with an uphill 16km team time trial from Cockermouth to the summit of Whinlatter Pass. 

While the entire course gradually makes its way uphill, the real meaty section of the course comes at the end with the climb of Whinlatter. It's just under 3km long with an average of 7% in gradient although with many double-digit sections. 

This would be a day for GC riders to set out their stall and make a killer blow towards teams less capable against the clock. It was also worth noting that the clock stopped on rider number four allowing two riders to be used as sacrificial lambs earlier in the ride.

Team Sky were favourites, with Thomas, Froome and Poels at the helm, although, never doubt serial winners Quick-Step Floors. 

The first few teams got off and running, JLT-Condor, Canyon-Eisberg and Madison Genesis taking on the course before the WorldTour teams had their fun.

JLT-Condor set the first time of the day with four riders crossing the line in 21 minutes and 50 seconds, a respectable time but probably unlikely to worry the likes of Sky, Quick-Step and BMC Racing later on.

The Great Britain team looked imperiously strong thanks to young Londoner Ethan Hayter but slight gaps began to appear due to Ben Swift being unable to hold the wheel. Regardless, they set a new fastest time.

Others passed through the finish failing to trouble the time of GB until Team Sunweb crossed the line, their time being 20 minutes 42 seconds. Dimension Data couldn't match that and either could Lotto Soudal.

Surprisingly, the first rider for Team Sky to wave the white flag was Chris Froome, dropping out of line before Ian Stannard. Then Lukasz Wisniowski popped, meaning Stannard needed to reach the top. 

Eventually, they crossed the line in 20 minutes and 3 seconds, far quicker than all those before and 30 seconds quicker than Mitchelton-Scott who were next across the line.

Team Sky had barely caught their breath before being chucked from the hot seat. Katusha-Alpecin went sub 20 minutes and then Quick-Step went even quicker. 19 minutes 53, an incredible time but not quick enough to palm off the efforts of LottoNL-Jumbo who set an unbeatable time of 19 minutes and 37 seconds.

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