Tappin' It Out ToB51
The other German National Champion in the Tour of Britain is Andre Greipel (Lotto Soudal). He wears the national jersey as the road champion and may not wear it in the time trial. Naturally, it is the reverse for Tony Martin (Etixx-Quickstep). Greipel has been on fire in this year's Tour of Britain, and today is no exception. The big sprinter was the first to launch an attack just as the race got underway in Bristol. He was joined by Boy Von Poppel (Trek-Segafredo), Diego Rubio (Caja Rural Seguros) and Gorka Izaguirre (Movistar). The quartet was never able to build up more than two minutes on the field, but then it is a circuit race, so it could be just enough to take the day. The steep climb on the course just before the finish line would make it so riders could hope to jump their rivals on GC, so this break is most likely doomed.