Scott Davies took a hugely credible 13th place on a dramatic Queen stage of the Tour of Britain to cement his place as the top British rider in the event.
The stage was won by Wout Poels (Team Sky) who put in a major kick to see of Julian Alaphilippe (Quick-Step Floors) with Hugh Carthy (EF) in third.
The day was characterised by two ascents of the Whinlatter Pass, the second the finish at the summit with a big day for the race as the GC contenders made their respective marks. And for Team Dimension Data the key goal was to ensure the team held on to the King of the Mountains jersey, on the shoulders of Nic Dlamini.
After early careful marking of his rivals in the category, the team duly did that with the jersey, which it’s held since the start of the race keeping it within the team.
Mark Renshaw – Rider
It was a really good stage for the team. The start was pretty hectic with some crosswinds so we had to regroup there in the start. Our main focus was to keep the KoM jersey with Nic so we made sure that he was in a good position to follow the guy who had the most points in the bunch.
Each climb we managed to ensure that Nic finished behind his main opponent so all in all he only lost 3 or 4 points to him without committing too much energy. We then kind of did well in the climbs with Nic and moved our focus to Scott to make sure that we could put him in a greate position. Jay, Jaco and Scott really made sure that he started the climb in front. He was with Roglic and Alaphilippe, the main guys, and he felt really good but just missed a little bit in going with them when they attacked in the bottom of the climb.
With two days to go now we’ll make sure that we bring the KoM jersey home and hopefully we’ll have two chances to sprint now.