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Tour of Britain 2013

Date range:
September 15-22, 2013

September 21, Stage 7: Epsom - Guildford 150.4km

Complete live report

Live commentary by:
Daniel Benson

Hello and welcome to live coverage from the Tour of Britain.

  1. 14:03:09 BST

    Today is stage 7 from Epsom To Guildford, 155km of racing with Bradley Wiggins still leading the race.

  2. 14:04:23 BST

    • Gold Jersey

    Here's where we stand in the GC with two stages remaining:

     

    1 Bradley Wiggins (GBr) Sky Procycling 24:10:56
    2 Martin Elmiger (Swi) IAM Cycling 0:00:32
    3 Simon Yates (GBr) Great Britain 0:01:06
    4 David Lopez Garcia (Spa) Sky Procycling 0:01:08
    5 Sergio Pardilla Bellon (Spa) MTN-Qhubeka 0:01:16
    6 Jack Bauer (NZl) Garmin-Sharp 0:01:19
    7 Ian Stannard (GBr) Sky Procycling 0:01:34
    8 Michal Golas (Pol) Omega Pharma-Quick Step 0:01:36
    9 Sébastien Reichenbach (Swi) IAM Cycling 0:01:42
    10 Nairo Alexander Quintana Rojas (Col) Movistar Team 0:01:56

  3. 14:06:53 BST

    We currently have four riders up the road and they've been away for most of the stage:

    Lucas Euser (UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team), Kristian House (Rapha Condor), Christophe Laborie (Sojasun) and Peter Williams (Team IG-Sigma Sport)

  4. 14:07:40 BST

    House of course was on the attack yesterday, and on stage 2 in fact. This is the first time we've seen Euser in a move though, and the break have roughly three minutes on the bunch.

  5. 14:08:10 BST

    • Omega Pharma QuickStep

    Mark Cavendish won in Guildford last year and will be looking for his second stage in the race.

  6. 14:09:20 BST

    • Movistar

    Madrazo, he's not in the break today. He's wrapped up the KOM jersey already.

  7. 14:09:49 BST

    In the peloton Sky and Omega are both on the front setting the pace. They've already lined the peloton out.

  8. 14:10:51 BST

    Williams has picked up another 5 points in the sprints competition. He could still  challenge for that jersey, but Madrazo still holds the lead and could well go on the attack tomorrow. House, he's moved up to second in the KOM.

  9. 14:14:25 BST

    • Cannondale

    Liquigas, they've also moved up towards the front of the peloton. They'll be looking to help Viviani in today's sprint. He's perhaps Cavendish's biggest rival in the race but don't rule out Ciolek, who has already picked up a stage win in the race.

  10. 74km remaining from 150.4km

    14:18:27 BST

    • United HealthCare

    74km to go and the four leaders are working nicely together. Euser drops back to the team car to pick some information. The American, 29, turned pro with Garmin back in 09. It never quite worked out for him there, he had huge crash during his second year on the team but he seems to have settled with Mike Tamayo's team. He was recently fourth in the Tour of Utah and with Deignan off to Sky, Euser will be handed more responsibility next season.

  11. 14:19:06 BST

    The lead to the break has dropped, it's down to 2'20 now with 73km to go until the finish.

  12. 14:25:26 BST

    Cannondale and QuickStep trains share a few words on the front. They'll be aware of the time gaps and they'll be keeping the break pegged at 2 minutes from here on in. As Dan Martin and Heinrich Haussler, two former teammates,  chat at the back of the field.

  13. 14:34:27 BST

    A couple of the Great Britain team have moved  up towards the front too. Possibly to set up Yates for the finish in Guildford, as out ahead the lead to the four leaders is at 2'15.

  14. 14:44:55 BST

    Shane Archbold (An Post-Chainreaction) is currently at the back of the pack. The track specialist who represents New Zealand is talking to Sam Bennett, already a stage winner in this year's race. The gap to the leaders as dipped under the two minute mark, it's at 1'55.

  15. 14:52:28 BST

    • Cannondale

    Cavendish is riding at the back of the Sky train at the moment as Peter Sagan's younger brother sets the pace for the Cannondale team.

  16. 14:54:26 BST

    Madrazo has turned to bottle duty today and hands Alex Dowsett a fresh bidon.

  17. 45km remaining from 150.4km

    15:01:48 BST

    The four leaders, not even on a categorised climb but the fans are out in force to cheer them on. 45km to go and the gap is at 1'57.

  18. 15:03:21 BST

    Cannondale, Omega and GB all on the front on the same climb the leaders just crested.

  19. 15:04:44 BST

    • Garmin-Sharp

    Daniel Martin, having attacked earlier in the stage, is just at the back of the bunch. He's of course here after crashing out the Vuelta. He needed miles in his legs ahead of the Worlds, where he'll aim to be just the second Irishman to claim the elite men's rainbow jersey.

  20. 15:10:31 BST

    Back up to two minutes. The twisting roads have given the break a chance to extend their lead, even buy just a handful of seconds.

  21. 15:12:14 BST

    • United HealthCare

    Euser spots that there's a wedding by the side of the road and attempts to photobomb the bride and groom as they have their photo taken. Unfortunately for the American there's no points available for such a move.

  22. 15:13:27 BST

    • Omega Pharma QuickStep

    Back in the bunch and Omega gather their troops right at the front. It's Velits who is at the front , having been in the break during yesterday's stage 6.

  23. 15:15:38 BST

    Wiggins sits on Eisel's wheel. A day in which Wiggins really just needs to keep out of trouble. He has a decent enough buffer in the overall with two days remaining and looks on course to pick up his first win the Tour of Britain.

  24. 15:22:23 BST

    • Team Sky

    Earlier today, we uploaded a report on Ian Stannard's Pinarello, you can read it, see the pictures, right here.

  25. 15:23:24 BST

    • Garmin-Sharp

    The Worlds start tomorrow with the team TT. We've spoken to Garmin ahead of their outing. A swansong for some of the riders in the team perhaps...

  26. 30km remaining from 150.4km

    15:24:49 BST

    30km to go now and Euser on the front of the four man move with House coming through to take his turn.  The pace is hotting up but and the gap is down to 1'34.

  27. 25km remaining from 150.4km

    15:30:31 BST

    1;25 is the advantage for the field as the sprinters' teams begin to flex their muscles on the front of the peloton., They'll leave the four riders dangling out there for a few more kms before swooping in for the catch inside the final 10km.

  28. 22km remaining from 150.4km

    15:35:21 BST

    The four leaders are still working hard, they had a lead of over three minutes at one point but in truth the peloton have been in control throughout the stage. 22km to and the gap is at 1'20.

  29. 15:38:33 BST

    Euser again back with the team car, this time picking up a bottle. The gap is down to 1 minute now.

  30. 15:40:13 BST

    Cavendish is sitting in around 10th wheel, sitting at the back of the Omega train. But it's Cannondale on the front at the moment.

  31. 15:40:48 BST

    IAM Cycling are moving up as well. It's going to be another hotly contested sprint.

  32. 15:43:30 BST

    Wiggins sits on Cavendish's wheel as the peloton reach the 16km to go point, just 47 seconds between them and the leaders.

  33. 15:44:51 BST

    Long, exposed dual carriageways so it's advantage  peloton as we approach the run into Guildford.

  34. 15:46:13 BST

    Part of The Omen (the original) was filmed in Guildford by the way, as the break have now started attacking each other.

  35. 14km remaining from 150.4km

    15:47:08 BST

    Rogder has attacked from the peloton.

  36. 15:48:17 BST

    He's up against it, perhaps not attacking at the best moment and the peloton should bring him back in the next few hundred meters.

  37. 15:50:50 BST

    Euser has now attacked from the break but he's been brought back as we have just 10km to go.

  38. 15:51:35 BST

    Rodger has been caught and the leaders have 20 seconds as Euser tries to go again.

  39. 15:53:02 BST

    Atkins from the GB team tries his luck but he's not allowed more than a few meters and he's brought back almost instantly.

  40. 15:53:55 BST

    Cavendish as Viviani on his wheel.

  41. 15:54:21 BST

    It's a tough sprint this but Omega have taken over at the front.

  42. 15:54:45 BST

    Petacchi is up there for Cavendish, Modolo is also there.

  43. 15:55:04 BST

    The peloton have the four leaders in their sights.

  44. 15:55:22 BST

    Willlams attacks but Euser chases him down.

  45. 15:55:39 BST

    The four leaders have sat up.

  46. 6km remaining from 150.4km

    15:56:02 BST

    6km to go and it's all together.

  47. 15:58:13 BST

    Haussler is up there as well, but he'll have his hands full with Cavendish, Viviani and Modolo. No sign of Ciolek yet.

  48. 15:58:48 BST

    Dowsett comes to the front and puts in a little dig. It's not worked and they're all  together again.

  49. 15:59:59 BST

    Cavendish is in 6th wheel as the pace increases once again.

  50. 16:00:31 BST

    There's Ciolek but he's isolated and without any teammates at the moment.

  51. 16:00:44 BST

    Less than 2km to go.

  52. 16:01:18 BST

    Omega move up but Cavendish has just two men left, one of them Petacchi.

  53. 16:01:28 BST

    1km to go.

  54. 16:01:42 BST

    Petacchi has to go from 850.

  55. 16:01:58 BST

    He's caused a split.

  56. 16:02:10 BST

    Cavendish has to go

  57. 16:03:41 BST

    Cavendish takes it. Viviani was closing on him quickly but he ran out of gas. Will there be a protest from Cannodale? Cavendish seemed to move off his line in the closing few meters. Viviani did have room though.

  58. 16:05:50 BST

    Cavendish celebrates with his teammates. It looked like he was isolated at the finish but Petacchi took a huge turn on the front before they reached the final few hundred.

    Viviani had to come back from a long way. Then Cavendish sees him and starts to move over on the road. Viviana has plenty of room in the end but he simply doesn't have the legs in the end.

  59. 16:06:21 BST

    Ciolek takes third and Blaz fourth.

  60. 16:11:53 BST

    1 Mark Cavendish (GBr) Omega Pharma-Quick Step 3:46:57
    2 Elia Viviani (Ita) Cannondale Pro Cycling 0:00:00
    3 Gerald Ciolek (Ger) MTN-Qhubeka 0:00:00
    4 Blaz Jarc (Slo) Team NetApp-Endura 0:00:00
    5 Jacob Rathe (USA) Garmin-Sharp 0:00:00
    6 Matteo Pelucchi (Ita) IAM Cycling 0:00:00
    7 Chris Opie (GBr) Team UK Youth 0:00:00
    8 Martin Elmiger (Swi) IAM Cycling 0:00:00
    9 Alessandro Bazzana (Ita) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team 0:00:00
    10 Sam Bennett (Irl) An Post-Chainreaction 0:00:00

  61. 16:48:45 BST

    Thanks for joining us today. You can find our report, images and results, right here.