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The small group charged to the line, catching late-race attacker and overall leader Wout van Aert (Jumbo-Visma) with Tiller fastest to the and taking the win ahead of Danny van Poppel (Bora-Hansgrohe) and Stephen Williams (Great Britain).
“I feel really good. The first six stages were all about the bunch sprints. Today, we knew that the parcours suited us well. I’m really happy to get the win,” Tiller said.
“Wout went away on the steep climb, and I didn’t have the power to follow and needed to pace a little bit, and we managed to come back. In the sprint, it was a lot of tactics in the last 10km, and Wout was alone out front. We knew he was really strong, so we knew we had to pull to bring him back and to do a good lead-out so I’m happy that I managed to win.”
Van Aert continues to lead the overall classification with three seconds over Van Poppel and Tiller as the Tour of Britain heads into the finale stage 8 from Margam Country Park to Caerphilly on Sunday.
How it unfolded
The seventh stage at the Tour of Britain was 170.0km from Tewkesbury to Gloucester the started with an ascent over the category 2 Winchcombe Hill (1.8km at 9.4%), then descended into a long stretch through the valley before tackling an intermediate sprint at Dursley and over the category 2 Crawley Hill (1.7km at 8.1%). Into the final kilometres, the peloton went over one last uncategorised 2.2km ascent with an average gradient of 5.7% before descending into Gloucester.
An action-packed start to the day led to a breakaway of two over the Mark Donovan (Q36.5 Pro Cycling Team) and Ben Turner (Ineos Grenadiers) over the first ascent of the stage. The pair were then joined by Ryan Christensen (Bolton Equities Black Spoke), Liam Johnston (Trinity Racing) and Abram Stockman (TDT-Unibet Cycling Team).
Uno-X Pro Cycling initially set the pace at the front of the field,…