Tour of Britain 2013: Complete Breakdown of Stage 7 Results

Patrick ClarkeCorrespondent ISeptember 22, 2013

EPSOM, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 21:  Mark Cavendish of Great Britain and Omega Pharma Quick-Step celebrates winning stage seven of the Tour of Britain from Epsom to Guildford on September 21, 2013 in Epsom, England.  (Photo by Harry Engels/Getty Images)
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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:

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

 

 

Here's a look at the general classification standings with one stage remaining:

 

 

Contenders to Watch

Bradley Wiggins, Team Sky

EPSOM, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 21:  Overall race leader Sir Bradley Wiggins of Great Britain and Team Sky Procycling retains the gold jersey after stage seven of the Tour of Britain from Epsom to Guildford on September 21, 2013 in Epsom, England.  (Photo by H
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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

ROUBAIX, FRANCE - APRIL 10:  Swiss Champion Martin Elmiger of AG2R La Mondiale rides over the cobbles during the 109th Paris-Roubaix cycle race between Compiegne and Roubaix on April 10, 2011 in Roubaix, France.  (Photo by Bryn Lennon/Getty Images)
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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

MINSK, BELARUS - FEBRUARY 22:  Simon Yates of Great Britain poses with his medal winning the Men's Points Race on day three of the 2013 UCI Track World Championships at the Minsk Arena on February 22, 2013 in Minsk, Belarus.  (Photo by Bryn Lennon/Getty I
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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: 

 

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