Stage win­ner: Caleb Ewan (Aus) Orica-scott

Nor­manby Hall > Scun­thorpe, 178.5km

Cycling Weekly - - Feature -

STAGE 3

Cross­winds in the fi­nal 40km as the pelo­ton passed along the banks of the River Hum­ber were re­quired to po­ten­tially prevent yet another sprint fin­ish, but in­stead it was rain that greeted the rid­ers.

Five rid­ers teamed to­gether to com­pose the day’s break, with Gra­ham Briggs of Jtl-con­dor adding to his lead in the sprint and points clas­si­fi­ca­tion on home roads, se­cur­ing him both jer­seys be­fore the break was brought back in ad­vance of the fin­ish in Scun­thorpe.

A small climb in the fi­nal kilo­me­tre was enough to stall the sprint teams’ lead­outs, with Philippe Gil­bert of Quick Step Floors pounc­ing clear.

The Tour of Flan­ders win­ner and for­mer world champion quickly built a size­able gap, but as the road plateaued, the Bel­gian was caught by the on­rush­ing pack, with Caleb Ewan, Ed­vald Boas­son Ha­gen, and Alexander Kristoff bat­tling it out at the fin­ish line, with Ewan prov­ing the fastest. Race leader: Caleb Ewan (Aus) Orica-scott

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