Ian Stannard wins third stage of Tour of Britain
Sep 06 2016 05:06 pm CET

Ian Stannard wins third stage of Tour of Britain
Ian Stannard wins third stage of Tour of Britain

Team Sky rider Ian Stannard has won the third stage of the Tour of Britain. The Briton arrived more than one minute ahead of Graham Briggs and Kristian House. Julien Vermote of Etixx-Quick Step keeps the lead in the general classification.

The 179 kilometer long stage started in Congleton and finished in Tatton Park of Knutsford, running through Cheshire East which hosted a top level cycling race for the first time.

The route took the riders through some flat sections followed by a second category climb and two of the first category.

At the beginning of the stage a group consisting of Matt Cronshaw (MGT), Ian Stannard (SKY), Kristian House (ONE), Graham Briggs (JLT) and Jack Bauer (CDT), broke away from the peloton and formed a gap of more than six minutes.

During the first category climb of Brickworks, Cronshaw was dropped from the front group and the three remaining riders continued to work together in order to keep the gap with a peloton that was pulled mainly by Dimension Data and Etixx-Quick Step riders.

After the last ascent of the day, a first category climb to the summit of Cat and Fiddle, Stannard attacked and soon built a big advantage over House and Briggs, who continued to try to close the gap until the end of the stage.

The Sky rider rode the last kilometers solo, reaching a lead of more than seven minutes over the peloton and 1'46'' over the chasers. Briggs and House had a finish line sprint in which the former, riding for JLT Condor, showed that he had the better legs.

The peloton arrived 5'43'' behind Stannard with Nicola Ruffoni of Bardiani-CSF winning the bunch sprint for fourth place ahead of another Sky rider, Danny van Poppel.

Vermote continues to lead the general classification six seconds ahead of Stephen Cummings of Dimension Data. The top five in the GC is completed by Daniel Martin, Ben Swift and Xandro Meurisse.


Tour of Britain (2.HC)
Stage 3 Congleton - Knutsford (2016-09-06)
Pos. Name Team Country Time
1.Ian STANNARDSKY 4:14:12
2.Graham BRIGGSJLT +1:46
3.Kristian HOUSEONE +1:46
4.Nicola RUFFONIBAR +5:43
5.Danny VAN POPPELSKY +5:43
6.Ramon SINKELDAMTGA +5:43
7.Christopher LATHAMWGN +5:43
8.Rick ZABELBMC +5:43
9.Dylan VAN BAARLECPT +5:43
10.Luka MEZGECOGE +5:43

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