Mathieu van der Poel retook the lead in the 2019 OVO Energy Tour of Britain after placing sixth in Thursday’s Pershore individual time trial, a stage that saw Italian rider Edoardo Affini claim the biggest victory of his fledgling professional career to date.

Corendon – Circus rider van der Poel – who won in Kendal on Tuesday – placed sixth on the stage in Worcestershire to retake the OVO Energy green jersey from Affini’s team-mate Matteo Trentin. With just two days of this year’s race remaining, van der Poel leads Trentin by just six seconds. Team INEOS rider Pavel Sivakov sits third overall, 24 seconds in arrears.

Having been the 12th rider to start the stage, Affini posted a time of 16’39” for the 14.4-kilometre course. He eventually beat nearest challenger Sebastian Langeveld (EF Education First) by seven seconds. Britain’s Alex Dowsett (Team KATUSHA ALPECIN) finished seventh on the stage, just 13 seconds behind.

Three of the race’s classification jerseys remained unchanged on Thursday, with Trentin staying in the Cetaphil points jersey and Rory Townsend (Canyon dhb p/b Bloor Homes) retaining the Eisberg sprints jersey.

Jake Scott (Swift Carbon Pro Cycling) enjoys a 21-point lead in the SKODA King of the Mountains classification from Dries de Bondt (Corendon – Circus) and could seal the jersey victory during Friday’s Warwickshire stage.

Up next…

Stage seven in Warwickshire retraces much of the OVO Energy Women’s Tour stage in the county from June. Warwick Racecourse hosts the start at 11:00, with the 188 kilometres of racing including three ascents of the finishing climb at Burton Dassett Country Park.

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