Mathieu van der Poel regains Tour of Britain lead to set up duel with Trentin

• Van der Poel six seconds clear of Matteo Trentin
• Edoardo Affini wins stage six time trial

With two days remaining, the time trial through Worcestershire’s plum-growing country left the Tour of Britain perfectly poised, with the two strongest individuals, Mathieu van der Poel and Matteo Trentin, divided by just six seconds after Van der Poel regained the lead and the stage victory went to Trentin’s teammate, the unheralded but talented first year Italian professional Edoardo Affini.

Last year’s Italian under-23 time trial and road race champion, Affini began the day in 99th overall, more than half an hour behind his leader Trentin, and was the 12th man to roll down the start ramp, which meant that having posted the fastest time he had to wait almost two hours for Trentin and Van der Poel to finish before being certain of his second victory of his debut season.

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