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Van der Poel eyes title after powering past Trentin in Stage Seven

Van der Poel eyes title after powering past Trentin in Stage Seven

13/09/2019 at 15:59Updated 13/09/2019 at 18:28

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.

Video - Van der Poel powers away from Trentin to win Stage 7

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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.

Video - Van der Poel delighted after 'really good day'

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“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.”

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