William Fotheringham in Warrington
- British rider wins in Warrington after teammate Doull’s crash
- Hayter holds 8sec lead over Van Aert after stage five
A sprint stage win in Warrington enabled Ethan Hayter to regain the race lead in the Tour of Britain with two of the strongest finishers in the sport – Mark Cavendish and Giacomo Nizzolo – floundering in his wake. It sets up the 22-year-old for a wholehearted tilt at the overall title assuming he can hang on to the blue leader’s jersey on Friday’s run through the Cumbrian hills.
On treacherous roads dampened by afternoon showers after the 152km through Cheshire, Hayter rode his luck, as sprinters always do. On the final acute left-hand turn from Froghall Lane into Liverpool Road with 700 metres remaining, the Londoner’s Ineos teammate Owain Doull lost control and fell, taking down Will Tidball of Great Britain and the Bodmin runner-up Nils Eekhoff, as well as Cavendish’s lead-out man Davide Ballerini.