The 2019 OVO Energy Tour of Britain moves on to its first individual time trial stage since 2017 on Thursday, as the world’s best riders head to Pershore, Worcestershire, for the race of truth.

Can British time trial champion Alex Dowsett claim the stage victory, eight years after he won an equivalent stage in London? Eyes will also be on the general classification battle, with 19 riders sitting with 30 seconds of race leader Matteo Trentin (Mitchelton-SCOTT), going into the 14.4-kilometre test.

Click here to explore the full time trial startlist (PDF).

Stage route and profile

Key timings

FIRST RIDER

 Broad Street, Pershore (stage start): 13:01

 High Street, Pershore (stage finish): 13:21

LAST RIDER (provisional)

Broad Street, Pershore (stage start): 15:00

High Street, Pershore (stage finish): 15:20

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UK TV schedule

ITV4 will show the stage in full, presented by Matt Barbet and Yanto Barker, with pre-race coverage beginning at 12:55. Hour-long highlights will be shown at 20:00.

Eurosport Player (subscription service) will show the race live from 13:01 until its conclusion, with highlights on Eurosport 1 at 21:45.

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Weather forecast

Start – Pershore (first rider): 20°C (feels like 23°C), 5% chance of rain

Finish – Pershore (last rider): 20°C (feels like 24°C), 9% chance of rain

Jersey standings

OVO Energy green jersey: Matteo Trentin (Mitchelton-SCOTT)

Cetaphil points jersey: Matteo Trentin (Mitchelton-SCOTT) to be worn by Davide Cimolai (Israel Cycling Academy) on stage six

SKODA King of the Mountains jersey: Jake Scott (SwiftCarbon Pro Cycling)

Eisberg sprints jersey: Rory Townsend (Canyon dhb p/b Bloor Homes)

Instant Expert

A member of the prestigious British Cycling Hall of Fame, Colin Sturgess was the 1989 individual pursuit world champion. He also won silver at the 1986 and 1998 Commonwealth Games.

“There will be no hiding place for any rider with genuine ambitions of winning the race overall on this short but testing time trial stage.

“The course takes in a number of typical Malvern B roads and smaller country lanes, adding some technical nuance to the racing. Within the first two kilometres the route ascends the short 500m climb of Avonbank (average gradient of 6.8%) and it will be imperative for the riders not to go into the red here as the climbing continues gradually until the halfway time check. From here it’s a mostly fast and gradually descending run to the finish line.

“Riders targeting the overall win will have to be smart with their effort on the stage: five hard days of racing fatigue will play a part but everybody knows that two more challenging stages remain.  This year’s OVO Energy Tour of Britain won’t be won on this stage, but it could well be lost here.”

Downloads and links

Click here to visit the stage six hub | Click here to explore the stage six timetable