Tour of Britain: Steve Cummings takes lead as Wout Poels wins stage six

Wout Poels
Wout Poels broke away on the final climb to take victory

Steve Cummings claimed the overall lead in the Tour of Britain as Wout Poels won the sixth stage at Haytor.

Briton Cummings - riding for Team Dimension Data - leads Tom Dumoulin, of Giant Alpecin, by 49 seconds after finishing Friday's stage in eighth.

Overnight leader Julien Vermote faded on the final climb to finish 24th and surrender the leader's yellow jersey.

Team Sky rider Poels beat BMC's Rohan Dennis by seven seconds to win the 149.9km stage from Sidmouth.

On Saturday, Bristol hosts a double stage, with riders completing both an individual time trial and a circuit race.

Stage six result:

1. Wout Poels (Ned/Team Sky) 3hrs 56mins 15secs

2. Rohan Dennis (Aus/BMC Racing) +7secs

3. Tom Dumoulin (Ned/Giant Alpecin) +8secs

4. Dylan van Baarle (Ned/Cannondale Drapac) +12secs

5. Xandro Meurisse (Bel/Wanty-Groupe Gobert) +17secs

6. Nicolas Roche (Irl/Team Sky) same time

7. Tony Gallopin (Fra/Lotto-Soudal)

8. Steve Cummings (GB/Dimenson Data) +21secs

9. Erick Rowsell (GB/Madison-Genesis) +31secs

10. Gorka Izagirre (Esp/Movistar) same time

General classification after stage six:

1. Steve Cummings (GB/Dimension Data) 27hrs 04mins 11secs

2. Tom Dumoulin (Ned/Giant Alpecin) +49secs

3. Rohan Dennis (Aus/BMC Racing) +51secs

4. Tony Gallopin (Fra/Lotto-Soudal) +53secs

5. Dylan van Baarle (Ned/Cannondale Drapac) +57secs

6. Xandro Meurisse (Bel/Wanty-Groupe Gobert) +58secs

7. Nicolas Roche (Irl/Team Sky) +1min 06secs

8. Ben Swift (/Team Sky) +1min 14secs

9. Jacopo Mosca (Ita/Trek Segafredo) +1min 20secs

10. Guillaume Martin (Fra/Wanty-Groupe Gobert) +1min 24secs

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