Van der Poel eyes title after powering past Trentin in Stage Seven
Mathieu van der Poel has extended his advantage in the Tour of Britain after powering past Matteo Trentin in Stage Seven.
The Dutchman pipped Matteo Trentin to the line in a thrilling sprint up the short but steep climb.
Van der Poel who now has two stage wins to his name in Britain, secured a thrilling victory in the 28km stage.
EF Education First rider Simon Clarke rounded up the top three.
Speaking after his stage victory, Van der Poel said: “The first 70 to 80 kilometres were pretty hard actually.
“There were a lot of attacks and my team handled them perfectly – they did an amazing job.
“The second to last time we went up the climb I knew it was up to me to be at the front and follow the groups of favourites.
“I was alone in the big group, so I had to gamble a little bit again.”
On the race to top the General Classification, Van der Poel added: “It’s going to be a hard day again tomorrow and it won’t be over until I cross the finish line.
“I’m confident we’re going to make it.”