Mathieu van der Poel reiterated his billing as the hottest talent in professional cycling on Saturday as he was crowned the 2019 OVO Energy Tour of Britain champion in Manchester.

The 24-year-old Dutchman sealed his victory in style, sprinting to win the eighth and final stage of this year’s race after a frantic day of racing around all 10 Greater Manchester boroughs.

Van der Poel outsprinted compatriot Cees Bol (Team Sunweb) by a tyre width on Deansgate, with overall runner-up and Cetaphil points classification winner Matteo Trentin (Mitchelton-SCOTT) placing third across the line.

While Corendon – Circus and the Jumbo Visma team of triple stage winner Dylan Groenewegen initially did well to control the breakaway of Matt Holmes (Madison Genesis), Gabriel Cullaigh (Team WIGGINS Le Col) and Emil Vinjebo (Riwal Readynez), the race erupted into life approaching the infamous climb of the Rake above Ramsbottom.

Pavel Sivakov sparked proceedings into life on the lower slopes of the hill, before his Team INEOS team-mates continued the unpredictable nature of the day’s racing with a flurry of attacks across the moors north of Manchester.

Movistar’s Andrey Amador was the main beneficiary, building a 49-second lead at one point before being reeled back in by the pace of a reduced front group.

With 25 kilometres remaining Team INEOS’ Michal Golas was joined off the front by Larry Warbasse (AG2R La Mondiale) and Mark Christian (Team WIGGINS Le Col) but their lead only lasted until the 10-kilometre to go mark as the Tour raced through Salford.

Coming onto Manchester’s famous Deansgate it was Team Sunweb’s Bol that picked up the sprint. However, van der Poel came around him and held off the fast-finishing Trentin.

The latter’s finishing record of top 10 finishes on every stage barring the stage six individual time trial gave him a comfortable victory in the Cetaphil points jersey from van der Poel. Former race winner Dylan van Baarle (Team INEOS) was voted the overall Wahooligan Combativity award winner in a public poll on the event’s social media channels.

British domestic teams took home both the SKODA King of the Mountains and Eisberg sprints jerseys, as Jacob Scott (SwiftCarbon Pro Cycling) confirmed his victory in the former, two years on from having agonisingly lost the same jersey on the final day of racing.

Winning the Eisberg sprints competition was Rory Townsend, ensuring that his Canyon dhb p/b Bloor Homes team took the red jersey for a second year.

Townsend’s win the jersey also rounded out a successful week, having been called up to the Irish squad for the road World Championships in Yorkshire at the end of the month.

Come the Worlds Townsend will be racing in green, but in Manchester on Saturday there was only one green jersey that people were speaking about; that of stage winner and 2019 OVO Energy Tour of Britain champion Mathieu van der Poel.

The 2020 Tour of Britain begins in Cornwall, with dates for next year’s race to be announced at the end of September. Further details of the route will be published in late autumn.

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