In the longest stage of this year’s Tour of Britain Raleigh-GAC’s Matthieu Boulo sprinted to 11th place, coming home 8th in the bunch gallop along Brighton sea front.
On the penultimate day of racing Stage 7 was the last chance many of the big favourites had to amass vital seconds before the closing Time Trial on stage 8. And with 140 miles of racing in store there were plenty of opportunities for that.
The early skirmishes saw a break of three go clear and stay away until the finish. But the action was back down the road.
The move of the day went on the climb of Beachy Head as the GC contenders broke clear. Mattheiu Boulo and Mark Christian were in the move but overnight GC leader Alex Dowsett of Movistar lost contact so from there on in it was a hell for leather race to the finish.
After the punishing Cat 1 climbs of Ditchling Beacon and Bear Road, Boulo finished in with elite names from the pro peleton, including Wiggins, Nicholas Roche, Michael Kwiatkowski and Sylvain Chavanel, proving what a class act the young Frenchman is. For the full results on Stage 8 see here.
His 11th place gives Raleigh-GAC their best finish so far in the Tour of Britain and lifts him five places overall to 18th, 1m 48s behind race leader Dylan Van Baarle.
Boulo’s position in the GC today determines his start time in tomorrow’s time trial. He will be last man out for the team, riding the 8.8km time trial at 12:29pm. Following that it’s a circuit race around the Thames embankment.
Both of these final stage disciplines Boulo has excelled in this year so we look forward to seeing another rise in the GC standings, capping off a positive Tour for Raleigh-GAC this year.