British superstar Mark Cavendish conquered the second and final hilly stage of the 2013 Tour of Britain on Saturday, winning Stage 7 to claim his second stage win of the event, per BBC Sport on Twitter:
Mark Cavendish won his 2nd stage in this year's Tour of Britain, & 9th overall in race, with victory in Guildford: http://t.co/Jl7VEaqQtd— BBC Sport (@BBCSport) September 21, 2013
But following an uneventful 155-kilometer ride from Epsom to Guildford, Great Britain's Bradley Wiggins, who won the individual time trial stage on Tuesday, finished 15th, just six seconds back. As a result, he still possesses the yellow jersey and will take a 26-second lead into Sunday's final stage.
The race's final stage will take riders on an 88-kilometer journey to the finish line in London.
But before Stage 8 begins this weekend, let's take a look at the results from Stage 7 and highlight a trio of riders to watch for during Sunday's finale.
*All information courtesy of TourofBritain.co.uk.
|1||Mark Cavendish (GBR)||OPQ||3h 46' 57"|
|2||Elia Viviani (ITA)||Cannondale||st|
|3||Gerald Ciolek (GER)||MTN Qhubeka||st|
|4||Blaz Jarc (SVN)||Team NetApp-Endura||st|
|5||Jacob Rathe (USA)||Garmin-Sharp||st|
|6||Matteo Pelucchi (ITA)||IAM Cycling||st|
|7||Chris Opie (GBR)||Team UK Youth||st|
|8||Martin Elmiger (SUI)||IAM Cycling||st|
|9||Alessandro Bazzani (ITA)||UnitedHealthcare||st|
|10||Sam Bennett (IRL)||An Post-Chain Reaction||st|
Here's a look at the general classification standings with one stage remaining:
|1||Bradley Wiggins (GBR)||Team Sky||27h 57' 59"|
|2||Martin Elmiger (SUI)||IAM Cycling||+0' 26"|
|3||Simon Yates (GBR)||British Cycling||+1' 06"|
|4||David Lopez Garcia (ESP)||Team Sky||+1' 08"|
|5||Sergio Pardilla (ESP)||MTN Qhubeka||+1' 16"|
|6||Jack Bauer (NZL)||Garmin-Sharp||+1' 19"|
|7||Ian Stannard (GBR)||Team Sky||+1' 34"|
|8||Michal Golas (POL)||OPQ||+1' 36"|
|9||Sebastien Reichenbach (SUI)||IAM Cycling||+1' 42"|
|10||Nairo Quintana Rojas (COL)||Movistar||+1' 56"|
Contenders to Watch
Bradley Wiggins, Team Sky
2012 Tour de France champion and Olympic gold medalist Bradley Wiggins has proven to be one of the world's most talented riders over the years, and especially over the past week in Britain.
Wiggins has been dominant at his home event, seizing the yellow jersey on the third day.
But the 33-year-old isn't out of the woods yet, and will need to turn out another impressive performance in Stage 8 in order to bring home his first career general classification victory at the Tour of Britain.
Martin Elmiger, IAM Cycling
Swiss veteran Martin Elmiger is hot on Wiggins' tail heading into Stage 8, just 26 seconds off the pace.
That may be somewhat surprising to some considering that the 34-year-old has never finished better than 71st in the general classification at the Tour de France. But keep in mind that Elmiger is an accomplished cyclist, despite his lack of notable finishes in the sport's biggest races.
Elmiger, who's leading the points classification through seven stages, won the Tour Down Under in 2007 and Four Days of Dunkirk three years later in 2010.
Simon Yates, British Cycling
Another British rider in the mix heading into Sunday's final stage is Simon Yates, who won the final mountain stage on Friday to jump from eighth to third in the general classification standings.
The 21-year-old up-and-comer lacks the experience that riders like Wiggins and Elmiger boast, but that won't stop him from applying pressure to both in Sunday's flat stage.
At the 2013 World Track Championships earlier this year, Yates won gold in the points race, showing off his immense potential and letting the cycling world know that he's a major threat to win titles moving forward, as pointed out by Stuart Edwards on Twitter:
Great to see the young Simon Yates in contention - a future British star (along with his brother) from what I've been hearing recently #ToB— Stuart Edwards (@StueyEd) September 16, 2013
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