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Video: Is new leader of Baby Giro Britain’s next stage race star?

Posted on: June 12th, 2018

This video of his attack in the mountains suggests British rider Stephen Williams is shaping up as a world class stage race rider. He dominated the upper slopes of the summit finish at the end of a second day in the mountains.

 

Great Britain had never won a Grand Tour until Bradley Wiggins took the 2012 Tour de France.

However, despite coming up short for over a century; it has now won seven Grand Tours in less than six years.

Chris Froome has won the Tour four times and the Vuelta and Giro once apiece. And though he is still at the height of his powers, other riders are emerging.

The Yates brothers are fancied by many to take a Grand Tour. And the likes of Tao Geoghegan Hart may lead the next wave.

But what of the younger guns; the U23 riders who are pressing but haven’t gone mainstream yet? Who has Britain got?

The answer, in two words, just might be Stephen Williams. His ride today on stage 4 of the Baby Giro looked very impressive indeed.

 

Top down: Williams takes the leader’s jersey today. Coming 2nd behind the Colombian stage winner. Securing overall victory in France last month, photo by Elen Rius.

 

Riding for SEG Racing Academy, Williams pounced from the select group with about 2km remaining.

He dropped them all and then caught and went through all of the breakaway, bar one rider.

At the end of the 128km stage, with an uphill finish to Malga di Dimaro, only Colombian Einer Augustos Rubio held on.

He won the stage by five seconds from Williams, who just turned 22 years old last week.

The ride, in the clip below, was incredibly impressive from Williams. He looked head and shoulders above everyone, including the two Colombians who owned yesterday’s hilly stage.

And as he went through the front of the race with apparent ease, he would have won the stage but for running out of road.

Having finished 6th yesterday and 2nd today, he has the race lead. He has had gap of 13 seconds over Alejandro Osorio, the 20-year-old Colombian who led this morning after winning yesterday’s stage.

Williams also won the Ronde de I’Isard three weeks ago, along with the mountains classification and two stages.

The three Irish in the Baby Giro came through today’s very stern test. Daire Feeley (Union Cycliste de Monaco) was 39th at 5:17.

Matt Teggart and Mark Downey, both riding for Team Wiggins, were 49th and 86th at 8:32 and 17:52 respectively.

The video below will begins when the stage has 2km remaining. Williams jumps from the select group after the breakaway.

 

 

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