Wout Poels claims queen stage at Tour of Britain

Wout Poels (Sky) won the Tour of Britain’s queen stage for the second consecutive year, as Stephen Cummings (Dimension Data) took over the race lead as stage six finished atop Haytor.

Poels followed up his victory on Hartside Fell in 2015 with another Tour of Britain stage win, but it was Cummings who pulled on the yellow jersey after Julien Vermote (Etixx-QuickStep) was dropped on the earlier parts of the Haytor climb.

Cummings trailed Vermote by six seconds ahead of the stage, but now boasts a 49-second lead over his nearest challenger Tom Dumoulin (Giant-Alpecin) with only a 15km time trial and circuits in Bristol and London to come.

Tour of Britain 2016 – stage 6 results (Sidmouth – Haytor, Dartmoor):

1 Wouter Poels (Sky)


2 Rohan Dennis (BMC)


3 Tom Dumoulin (Giant-Alpecin)


4 Dylan Van Baarle (Cannondale-Drapac)


5 Xandro Meurisse (Wanty – Groupe Gobert)


6 Nicolas Roche (Sky)


7 Tony Gallopin (Lotto Soudal)


8 Stephen Cummings (Dimension Data)


9 Erick Roswell (Madison-Genesis)


10 Gorka Izaguirre (Movistar)



General classification after stage 6:

1 Stephen Cummings (Dimension Data) 27:01:11
2 Tom Dumoulin (Giant-Alpecin)


3 Rohan Dennis (BMC)


4 Tony Gallopin (Lotto Soudal)


5 Dylan Van Baarle (Cannondale-Drapac)


6 Xandro Meurisse (Wanty – Groupe Gobert)


7 Nicolas Roche (Sky)


8 Ben Swift (Sky)


9 Jacopo Mosca (Trek-Segafredo)


10 Guillaume Martin (Wanty – Groupe Gobert)