Tour de France winner and former record holder back the veteran German to set the new "Unified" benchmark on Thursday.
Movistar rider loses race lead the day after his breakaway exploits into Hemel Hempstead.
Julien Vermote takes the victory for Omega Pharma-Quick Step, Dylan Van Baarle now leads.
The Yorkshireman finished third in yesterday's stage to Hemel Hempstead after a day-long breakaway.
Movistar rider thanks Omega Pharma-Quick Step for letting potentially race-winning breakaway stay clear.
Alex Dowsett (Movistar) new leader at the Tour of Britain as Matthias Brandle (IAM) takes second stage win in two days
2012 British hill climb champion Jack Pullar has built a special machine which he hopes will help him reclaim the title in 2014
Stage wins rank higher than finishing on the podium for the American team.
Polish rider believes six-man teams make the event difficult to control.
Sky DS Nicolas Portal says defending champion needs to gain title bonuses before Sunday's time trial.