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OVO Tour of Britain - Stage 3
 
By Mark Sharon
Date: 9/5/2017
OVO Tour of Britain - Stage 3
 
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September 6, 2017

Stage 3 Normanby Hall Country Park to Scunthorpe 172km

Caleb Ewan wrests back race lead

Caleb Ewan out-sprinted Edvald Boasson Hagen by less than a wheel width to claim his second victory of the week in the OVO Energy Tour of Britain. The victory gave the Aussiew the lead and the OVO Energy Green Jersey in Scunthorpe. The Orica Scott rider is now six seconds ahead of overnight leader Elia Viviani who finished seventh in the bunch sprint.

Caleb Eean OVO/Allan McKenzie/SWpix.com

"Today was a tough day obviously with the weather, said Ewan after the rainy conditions that swept the North Lincolnshire leg of the Tour.

"So it wasn't as straight forward as we would have hoped and I think it made it a bit harder. "We had to sit at the front all day, taking a bit of the wind and then with the hill coming up close to the finish line that made it a bit tricky as well.

The bunch brought back the remains of the day's breakaway with around 15-kilometres of racing to go, with Philippe Gilbert then causing panic among the sprinters teams by jumping clear on the drag up to the line.

"After Gilbert went, I was pretty confident in Luka Mezgec, he knows what he is doing so I could just follow him, Ewan continued.

"He had to go pretty much full gas as soon as he started the lead out so that made it harder for me as well."

"To be honest, I was on his wheel and pretty pinned. As soon as he swung off I just gave it my all and did a big lunge for the line and luckily I just got the win ahead of Eddie.

It was also a brilliant day for Team JLT Condor who managed to get two riders, Graham Briggs and Ian Bibby, in the five-rider breakaway. The duo worked brilliantly together to make sure that between them they took maximum points in all of the day's intermediate competitions, resulting in Briggs picking up the Eisberg Sprints and SKODA King of the Mountains jerseys.


Stage 3 Results

Stage List

Stage 1

Sunday 3 September

Edinburgh to Kelso

188km

Stage 2

Monday 4 September

Kielder Water & Forest Park to Blyth

211km

Stage 3

Tuesday 5 September

Normanby Hall Country Park to Scunthorpe

172km

Stage 4

Wednesday 6 September

Mansfield to Newark-on-Trent

175km

Stage 5

Thursday 7 September

The Tendring Stage Individual Time Trial

16km

Stage 6

Friday 8 September

Newmarket to Aldeburgh

183km

Stage 7

Saturday 9 September

Hemel Hempstead to Cheltenham

186km

Stage 8

Sunday 10 September

Worcester to Cardiff

180km

More to follow




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