Wout van Aert grabs brutal stage but Tour of Britain set to go to the wire

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William Fotheringham

• Van Aert lands third win out of five road race stages
• Belgian remains 4sec behind overnight leader, Ethan Hayter

Six days into the Tour of Britain, Wout van Aert landed his third win out of five road race stages, taking a dragging uphill finish in the shadow of the Angel of the North at Gateshead. Paradoxically, however, in the overall standings the prolific Belgian remained 4sec behind the overnight leader, Ethan Hayter, who finished second to Van Aert in the decisive 10-rider sprint.

In a mix of admiration and despair, Hayter glanced at his nemesis as they crossed the line, but although his overnight lead was halved, the 22-year-old had done well to survive a brutal 198 kilometres across the spine of northern England, with the help of his Ineos teammates, and particularly the young Spaniard Carlos Rodríguez, who stayed with him after Van Aert dragged nine riders clear on the final short sharp climb with 14km to the line.

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