Julian Alaphilippe retains green jersey after gruelling Nottinghamshire stage

08 September 2018 04:42
• Frenchman on brink of first stage race victory in two years• Team Sky’s Ian Stannard wins second-last stageThe Tour of Britain start on the outskirts of Nottingham was a sea of feathered Robin Hood hats, and the race leader, Julian Alaphilippe, channelled Errol Flynn – elegant goatee and all – by posing in one before the start. But there was no highway robbery as the race went through Sherwood Forest, and the emerald leader’s jersey remained on Alaphilippe’s shoulder. It is likely to stay that way until the race concludes in London on Sunday.“I can’t say the race is won,” said the Frenchman, who is on the threshold of his first stage race victory in two years after a stellar Tour de France that included two stage wins and the King of the Mountains prize. “We saw there were attacks in the final kilometres. I’m glad this is over. It was a long and difficult day and the team had to work hard through the whole day to keep a lid on things and then to control the finale.” Related: Julian Alaphilippe charts climb through Lake District and into the green jersey Related: Primoz Roglic’s LottoNL team land time trial and hand him Tour of Britain lead Continue reading. . read full article

Source: TheGuardian