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Wiggins retains lead after impressive stage six

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Simon Yates timed his sprint finish perfectly to cross the line first © PA Photos
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Great Britain academy rider Simon Yates completed an impressive victory in stage six of the Tour of Britain, while Sir Bradley Wiggins retained his overall lead after crossing the line in seventh.

Yates timed his move to perfection on the category one Haytor Hill finish, moving two seconds clear of Martin Elmiger and Wiggins' Team Sky team-mate David Lopez Garcia in the closing 200 metres of the summit to clinch victory.

"I just hoped for a good position as I hit the climb and people just started to fall away," said Yates. "Dan Martin and [Nairo] Quintana started to attack and slowly it started to whittle down. I know I have quite a fast kick but I still didn't believe it until I looked behind a few metres before the line."

Several riders made a challenge in the final six-kilometre ascent to the line - the first summit finish in the Tour's history - with Stefano Pirazzi (Bardiani Valvole-CSF Inox), Dan Martin (Garmin-Sharp) and Nairo Quintana (Movistar) all taking the lead before Garcia and Wiggins soon wound them in.

It was another commanding performance from Wiggins in the 137km trek from Sidmouth; the Brit crossed the line with Quintana ten seconds behind Yates, meaning he retains his lead heading into the final two stages.

Saturday sees the field make a 150.4km trip from Epsom to Guildford before Sunday's culminating 88km ride to the Tour's finish in London.

Tour of Britain 2013 - stage six results:
1. Simon Yates (GBR) Great Britain 3:23:43hrs
2. Martin Elmiger (Swi) IAM Cycling +2"
3. David Lopez Garcia (Spa) Team Sky
4. Sergio Pardilla Bellon (Spa) MTN-Qhubeka +5"
5. Sébastien Reichenbach (Swi) IAM Cycling
6. Nairo Alexander Quintana Rojas (Col) Movistar Team +10"
7. Bradley Wiggins (GBR) Team Sky
8. Francesco Manuel Bongiorno (Ita) Bardiani Valvole-CSF Inox +12"
9. Marcel Wyss (Swi) IAM Cycling
10. Evaldas Siskevicius (Ltu) Sojasun +31"

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