A punishing day over the worst of the Exmoor climbs faced the riders as they lined up in Exmouth this morning.
A short walk up the coast would have brought Raleigh-GAC to the stage finish in Exeter but instead they faced 177km over the hardest climbs in this year’s Tour of Britain.
Despite making in-roads to an early break, the Raleigh-GAC didn’t pick the one that stuck today meaning they had to bide their time in the peleton.
This time the bunch did misjudge the time gap to the break and three of its original five members finished seconds ahead of the marauding pack at the finish.
Like yesterday Raleigh-GAC’s Matthieu Boulo again was the first rider home for the team, finishing strongly in 13th place, one ahead of former yellow jersey wearer Edoardo Zardini.
This result lifts Boulo one place up in the overall rankings to 22nd at 1m 26s behind race leader Michal Kwiatkowski.
Tomorrow brings the race to the east of the country with a long 205km stage from Bath to Hemel Hempstead. With a succession of climbs coming in the last 60km it’s another day for the punchy riders.