A daring solo move with 30km to go saw Robin Carpenter blow away the breakaway and outrun the peloton, to claim his first European race win.
Not only did he secure the stage honors, Carpenter also finished with enough time on the peloton to go into the blue overall leader’s jersey.
“I was feeling really good almost all day, then the last 15km were super tough. I didn’t have a whole lot left in the tank, but I knew I had a big gap. I just had to keep it steady and make sure I didn’t explode.”
Carpenter attacked the descents into Exeter with relish, but he found the tank almost dry by the time he reached the city.
“I was falling apart at the end but I made sure to be falling apart by myself.”
— Tom Owen to rallycycling.com