The general classification underwent another shake up after yesterday’s fifth stage in the Aviva Tour of Britain over 166 kilometres from Prudhoe to the mountain top finish at Hartside in Cumbria.
Dutchman Wouter Poels took the honours for the British outfit, Team Sky, crossing the line two seconds ahead of Norway’s Edvald Boasson Hagen (MTN-Qhubeka), with the Spaniard Benat Intxausti (Movistar) in third place, a further 15 seconds down.
The result makes Boasson Hagen the fourth man to wear the yellow jersey although his slender one-second advantage over Poels in the overall standings suggests there could be further changes before the race concludes in London on Sunday.
Tranent-based Evan Oliphant (Team Raleigh-GAC) produced the latest in a series of solid performances as he finished half way down the field.
Meanwhile, it was another satisfying day for James McCallum. The ONE Pro Team sporting director saw his top performing rider, Pete Williams retain the lead in the Yodel sprints classification, while a good showing in the hilly sections of the route means that he also heads the Skoda king of the mountains category.
The race continues with the 193 kilometre haul from Stoke-on-Trent to Nottingham, the home of Oliphant’s team.