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Tour of Britain 2017: Ewan Wins Stage 3

Caleb Ewan won Stage 3 of the Tour of Britain in another close sprint on the line, edging out Boasson Hagen (Dimension Data) and Kristoff (Katusha-Alpecin) to take the victory in the bunch sprint.

The win is Ewan’s second of the Tour and the 10″ bonus on the line moves him back into the green leader’s jersey after Viviani took it from him after his Stage 2 win. Boasson Hagen was looking to redeem himself after being relegated from Stage 2 after initially winning the stage, but again could only finish second on the stage.

The stage was featured significantly less climbing than the previous two days, but there was a sting in the tail with an uncategorised climb just before the finish. The relative ease of Stage 3 compared to Stages 1 and 2 saw a break easily establish itself within 10km with Pete Williams (ONE Pro Cycling), Harry Tanfield (Bike Channel-Canyon), Matthew Holmes (Madison-Genesis), Ian Bibby and Graham Briggs (JLT-Condor) going clear and quickly amassing a lead of 3′ on the peloton.

Tour of Britain 2017 Stage 3 Profile

There was plenty of action to take the first sprint at Crowle which Bibby won after a lead out from Briggs, moving Bibby into the virtual red jersey of leader in the sprints classification. Bibby took the next sprint at Bottlesford to extend his lead in the competition. Briggs took the points at two of the day’s threee climbs to move into the leader in the mountains classification and bring a productive day for JLT-Condor to an end as the break was swallowed up just after the last climb at Winterton, 11km before the finish.

Team Sky and Orica-Scott had been at the front of the race for most of the day and as the catch was made Katusha-Alpecin joined them at the front of the peloton to organise their sprint train for Kristoff. Going into the final 5km though it was Dimension Data who were controlling the race to set up Boasson Hagen in the sprint as they approached the uphill drag into Scunthorpe.

For the second day in a row Philippe Gilbert (Quick-Step) attacked in the final 500m, his classics pedigree serving him well as he accelerated away from the peloton on the climb but as the road flattened out was caught with just 50m  to go.

Ewan was the rider who caught and passed Gilbert as he opened his sprint with Boasson Hagen and Kristoff following on his wheel. The three sprinters were careful to keep to their own lines and it was a pure contest of speed as Ewan timed his bike throw to perfection to beat Boasson Hagen by half a wheel.

Tour of Britain 2017 Stage 3: Normanby Hall Country Park>Scunthorpe 178km

Position Name (Team – Nationality) Time
1 Caleb Ewan (Orica-Scott – Aus) 4:04:05″
2 Edvald Boasson Hagen (Dimension Data – Nor) s.t.
3 Alexander Kristoff (Katusha-Alpecin – Nor) s.t.
4 Brenton Jones (JLT-Condor – Aus) s.t.
5 Mads Wurtz Schmidt (Katusha-Alpecin – Den) s.t.
6 Andrea Pasqualon (Wanty-Groupe Gobert – Ita) s.t.
7 Elia Viviani (Team Sky – Ita) s.t.
8 Philippe Gilbert (Quick-Step – Bel) s.t.
9 Daniele Bennati (Movistar – Ita) s.t.
10 Nikolas Maes (Lotto-Soudal – Bel) s.t.

Tour of Britain 2017: General Classification

Position Name (Team – Nationality) Time
1 Caleb Ewan (Orica-Scott – Aus) 13:54:34″
2 Elia Viviani (Team Sky – Ita) +6″
3 Edvald Boasson Hagen (Dimension Data – Nor) +7″
4 Karol Domagalski (One Pro Cycling – Pol) +14″
5 Silvan Dillier (BMC – Swi) +15″
6 Kamil Gradek (One Pro Cycling – Pol) s.t.
7 Alexander Kristoff (Katusha-Alpecin – Nor) +16″
8 Fernando Gaviria (Quick-Step – Col) s.t.
9 Lars Boom (LottoNL-Jumbo – Ned) +18″
10 Zdenek Stybar (Quick-Step – Cze) +20″
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