Tour of Britain 8a: Alex Dowsett takes London time trial

Lars Boom second, extends lead

Recently crowned British time trial champion Alex Dowsett (Sky) put his skills against the clock to good use on the penultimate stage of the Tour of Britain as he powered to victory in the 10km race of truth.

Dowsett's time of 10:14 proved five seconds faster than overall leader Lars Boom (Rabobank) and Lieuwe Westra (Vacansoleil-DCM).

"Everything just clicked," said Dowsett. "I recceed the course twice and even when I got up this morning I knew that my legs weren't going to feel as bad as they had done the last few days.

"It's been a hard tour for all of us, always trying to put Lars Boom on the back foot so we've been attacking all the time and it takes it out of you. Yesterday was a slightly easier stage, being flat and quite controlled gave my legs a chance to come round. Once I got going I knew my legs were good and I could do a good ride."

Boom remains in the leader's jersey with only the final 80km afternoon stage left in the Tour of Britain. The Dutchman leads Stephen Cummings (Sky) by 36 seconds and Jan Barta (Team NetApp) by 56 seconds.

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