Tour de Yorkshire: Walscheid wins stage 3

Cort extends lead in the overall classification

Max Walscheid (Team Sunweb) won stage 3 of the Tour de Yorkshire in Scarborough, pipping overall leader Magnus Cort Nielsen (Astana) to the line in a frantic sprint finish. Jon Aberasturi (Euskadi-Murias) took third place.

With late attacker Sylvain Chavanel (Direct Énergie) caught within sight of the line, there was hardly enough time to organise a proper sprint. Vital Concept and Bryan Coquard hit the front first, before Nielsen powered through with Walscheid on his wheel. The German then came through in the closing metres to score his first victory of the season.

"A few times during the day, I was on the limit but I had a great team and they brought me back," said Walscheid after the finish. "We did really good work.

"To win a more difficult stage is really nice for me because normally I'm more for the really flat bunch sprint stages," he added. "Now I'm growing towards a sprinter who can win more difficult stages and that satisfies me a lot."

Cort Nielsen's second place sees him extend his GC lead to ten seconds over Greg Van Avermaet (BMC), while Eduard Prades (Euskadi-Murias) retains third overall, twelve seconds back.

"It was an intense day," said Cort Nielsen after the stage. "I'm very happy though. I keep the jersey. Last year on this finish I was lying at the 200-metre mark with a broken collarbone and fractured ribs so I'm happy to be back here and feeling a lot better than I did last year.

"Tomorrow will be really, really hard and it will not be easy to keep the jersey," he added.

How it happened

The penultimate stage of the race saw a return to the coastal town of Scarborough, the only permanent fixture of the race's short history. Back in 2015 and 2016, the windy and lumpy finish proved to be a race decider, but last year saw Dylan Groenewegen beat Caleb Ewan in a bunch sprint.

Two categorised climbs peppered the stage - the Côte de Suffolk Bank (1.4km at 12%) at 69.5km, and the Côte de Silpho (1.5km at 8.2%) at 132.5km. Intermediate sprints came at Morton-on-Swale 38km into the stage, and at Pickering at the 102.5km mark. On the run-in to the coast, the familiar hills would provide opportunity to once again foil the sprinters.

Peter Williams (One Pro Cycling), Johnny McEvoy (Madison-Genesis), Robbert De Greef (Roompot-Nederlandse Loterij), Mathias Le Turnier (Cofidis) and Adam Kenway (Virtus Pro Cycling) made up the break of the day, escaping in the first 15km and quickly building up a lead of 2:30.

Williams took the first climb at Suffolk Bank. However, McEvoy foiled his bid for the overall lead (working on behalf of teammate and classification leader Michael Cuming) on the Côte de Silpho. Meanwhile De Greef won the points but perhaps more importantly, the bonus cash, for both in-termediate sprints.

BMC hit the front at Silpho, splitting the peloton. It wasn't long, though, before the two groups and breakaway were reunited on the first pass through Scarborough, 37km from the line.

As crosswinds hit the race on the exposed headlands on the loop south of the town, a five-rider group including the GC threat of Brent Bookwalter (BMC), broke away with 20km to race. It took 10km of work for the Astana- and Vital Concept-led peloton to make the catch, but once they did all signs pointed towards a bunch sprint.

Chavanel launched out of the peloton unopposed 5km from the line, looking to disrupt the party. It looked as though he would score an unlikely victory, but the combined forces of Team Sky and Vital Concept saw him swallowed up metres from the finish.


Full Results

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Max Walscheid (Ger) Team Sunweb4:10:27 
2Magnus Cort (Den) Astana Pro Team  
3Jon Aberasturi Izaga (Spa) Euskadi Basque Country-Murias  
4Bryan Coquard (Fra) Vital Concept Club  
5Robert-Jon McCarthy (Irl) JLT Condor  
6Connor Swift (GBr) Madison Genesis  
7Mike Teunissen (Ned) Team Sunweb  
8Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) BMC Racing Team  
9Emils Liepins (Lat) One Pro Cycling  
10Colin Joyce (USA) Rally Cycling  
11Eduard Prades Reverter (Spa) Euskadi Basque Country-Murias  
12Jenthe Biermans (Bel) Katusha-Alpecin  
13Adam Blythe (GBr) Aqua Blue Sport  
14Dorian Godon (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
15Etienne van Empel (Ned) Roompot-Nederlandse Loterij  
16Aritz Bagues Kalparsoro (Spa) Euskadi Basque Country-Murias  
17Gabriel Cullaigh (GBr) Great Britain  
18Reto Hollenstein (Swi) Katusha-Alpecin  
19Robert Kiserlovski (Cro) Katusha-Alpecin  
20Karol Domagalski (Pol) One Pro Cycling  
21Alistair Slater (GBr) JLT Condor  
22James Lowsley-Williams (GBr) Canyon Eisberg  
23Steff Cras (Bel) Katusha-Alpecin  
24Brent Bookwalter (USA) BMC Racing Team  
25Patrick Bevin (NZl) BMC Racing Team  
26Kristoffer Halvorsen (Nor) Team Sky  
27Edmund Bradbury (GBr) JLT Condor  
28Fred Wright (GBr) Great Britain  
29James Shaw (GBr) Great Britain  
30Cyril Barthe (Fra) Euskadi Basque Country-Murias  
31Martijn Budding (Ned) Roompot-Nederlandse Loterij  
32Thomas Pidcock (GBr) Great Britain  
33Oliver Wood (GBr) JLT Condor  
34Ian Bibby (GBr) JLT Condor  
35Ben Swift (GBr) Great Britain  
36Mark Christian (GBr) Aqua Blue Sport  
37Jonathan Hivert (Fra) Direct Energie  
38Jonas Van Genechten (Bel) Vital Concept Club  
39Edward Dunbar (Irl) Aqua Blue Sport  
40Luis Angel Mate Mardones (Spa) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
41Daniel Pearson (GBr) Aqua Blue Sport  
42Danilo Wyss (Swi) BMC Racing Team  
43Serge Pauwels (Bel) Dimension Data  
44Anthony Perez (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
45Hayden McCormick (NZl) One Pro Cycling  
46Guillaume Bonnafond (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
47James Gullen (GBr) JLT Condor  
48Nick van der Lijke (Ned) Roompot-Nederlandse Loterij  
49Tiago Machado (Por) Katusha-Alpecin  
50Jai Hindley (Aus) Team Sunweb  
51Bryan Nauleau (Fra) Direct Energie  
52Peter Williams (GBr) One Pro Cycling  
53Leonardo Basso (Ita) Team Sky  
54Michael Storer (Aus) Team Sunweb  
55Dylan van Baarle (Ned) Team Sky  
56Stéphane Rossetto (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
57Joey Walker (GBr) Great Britain  
58Kyle Murphy (USA) Rally Cycling  
59Ryan Anderson (Can) Rally Cycling  
60Jonathan Dibben (GBr) Team Sky  
61Garikoitz Bravo Oiarbide (Spa) Euskadi Basque Country-Murias  
62Jeremy Cornu (Fra) Direct Energie  
63Richard Handley (GBr) Madison Genesis  
64Edward Laverack (GBr) JLT Condor  
65James Oram (NZl) One Pro Cycling  
66Jacob Scott (GBr) One Pro Cycling  
67Robbert de Greef (Ned) Roompot-Nederlandse Loterij  
68Harry Tanfield (GBr) Canyon Eisberg  
69Owain Doull (GBr) Team Sky  
70Pieter Weening (Ned) Roompot-Nederlandse Loterij  
71Michael Cuming (GBr) Madison Genesis  
72Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) Direct Energie0:00:13 
73Jérémy Lecroq (Fra) Vital Concept Club0:00:27 
74Ian Stannard (GBr) Team Sky0:00:36 
75Johannes Fröhlinger (Ger) Team Sunweb0:00:48 
76Shane Archbold (NZl) Aqua Blue Sport0:00:56 
77Harrison Jones (GBr) Vitus Pro Cycling0:00:59 
78Kevin Reza (Fra) Vital Concept Club0:01:10 
79Ben Walsh (Irl) Vitus Pro Cycling0:01:12 
80Oscar Gatto (Ita) Astana Pro Team0:01:34 
81Nicolas Dougall (RSA) Dimension Data0:01:49 
82Calvin Watson (Aus) Aqua Blue Sport  
83Mathias Le Turnier (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
84Joshua Hunt (GBr) Vitus Pro Cycling  
85Tobyn Horton (GBr) Madison Genesis  
86Perrig Quemeneur (Fra) Direct Energie  
87Nathan Van Hooydonck (Bel) BMC Racing Team0:02:55 
88Marco Mathis (Ger) Katusha-Alpecin  
89Angelo Tulik (Fra) Direct Energie0:03:21 
90Axel Journiaux (Fra) Direct Energie  
91Erick Rowsell (GBr) Madison Genesis0:04:23 
92Adam Kenway (GBr) Vitus Pro Cycling  
93Jonathan McEvoy (GBr) Madison Genesis  
94Laurens De Vreese (Bel) Astana Pro Team0:04:35 
95Tom Stamsnijder (Ned) Team Sunweb  
96Julien Morice (Fra) Vital Concept Club  
97Steven Lammertink (Ned) Vital Concept Club  
98Loic Chetout (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
99Arnaud Courteille (Fra) Vital Concept Club  
100Moreno Moser (Ita) Astana Pro Team0:05:06 
101Thomas Baylis (GBr) One Pro Cycling0:05:41 
102Jay Thomson (RSA) Dimension Data0:08:18 
103Pim Ligthart (Ned) Roompot-Nederlandse Loterij  
104Jesse Anthony (USA) Rally Cycling  
105Wouter Wippert (Ned) Roompot-Nederlandse Loterij  
106Lawrence Warbasse (USA) Aqua Blue Sport  
107Mark Renshaw (Aus) Dimension Data  
108Leon Mazzone (GBr) Holdsworth Pro Racing  
109Sean McKenna (Irl) Holdsworth Pro Racing  
110Julio Alberto Amores Palacios (Spa) Vitus Pro Cycling  
111Liam Davies (GBr) Vitus Pro Cycling  
112Julien Vermote (Bel) Dimension Data  
113Dexter Gardias (GBr) Canyon Eisberg  
114Matteo Dal-Cin (Can) Rally Cycling  
115Mark Cavendish (GBr) Dimension Data  
116Russell Downing (GBr) Holdsworth Pro Racing  
117Scott Davies (GBr) Dimension Data  
118Andrew Tennant (GBr) Canyon Eisberg  
119Mikel Aristi Gardoki (Spa) Euskadi Basque Country-Murias  
120Julen Irizar Laskurain (Spa) Euskadi Basque Country-Murias  
121Riccardo Minali (Ita) Astana Pro Team  
122Seid Lizde (Ita) Holdsworth Pro Racing  
123Max Stedman (GBr) Canyon Eisberg  
124Phil Bauhaus (Ger) Team Sunweb  
125George Pym (GBr) Madison Genesis  
DNFTruls Korsaeth (Nor) Astana Pro Team  
General classification after stage 3
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Magnus Cort (Den) Astana Pro Team11:44:02 
2Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) BMC Racing Team0:00:10 
3Eduard Prades Reverter (Spa) Euskadi Basque Country-Murias0:00:12 
4Serge Pauwels (Bel) Dimension Data0:00:16 
5Colin Joyce (USA) Rally Cycling0:00:21 
6Robert Kiserlovski (Cro) Katusha-Alpecin  
7Michael Storer (Aus) Team Sunweb  
8Brent Bookwalter (USA) BMC Racing Team0:00:27 
9Steff Cras (Bel) Katusha-Alpecin  
10Anthony Perez (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
11Edward Dunbar (Irl) Aqua Blue Sport0:00:29 
12Mark Christian (GBr) Aqua Blue Sport  
13Daniel Pearson (GBr) Aqua Blue Sport  
14Etienne van Empel (Ned) Roompot-Nederlandse Loterij  
15Ian Bibby (GBr) JLT Condor  
16Dylan van Baarle (Ned) Team Sky0:00:35 
17Patrick Bevin (NZl) BMC Racing Team0:00:39 
18James Shaw (GBr) Great Britain0:00:41 
19Jonathan Hivert (Fra) Direct Energie  
20James Oram (NZl) One Pro Cycling  
21Luis Angel Mate Mardones (Spa) Cofidis, Solutions Credits0:00:44 
22Michael Cuming (GBr) Madison Genesis0:00:46 
23Alistair Slater (GBr) JLT Condor0:00:47 
24Karol Domagalski (Pol) One Pro Cycling  
25Mike Teunissen (Ned) Team Sunweb  
26Thomas Pidcock (GBr) Great Britain  
27Leonardo Basso (Ita) Team Sky  
28Kyle Murphy (USA) Rally Cycling  
29Jai Hindley (Aus) Team Sunweb0:00:53 
30Edmund Bradbury (GBr) JLT Condor0:00:55 
31Nick van der Lijke (Ned) Roompot-Nederlandse Loterij  
32Peter Williams (GBr) One Pro Cycling  
33Richard Handley (GBr) Madison Genesis  
34Edward Laverack (GBr) JLT Condor  
35Guillaume Bonnafond (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits0:01:03 
36Owain Doull (GBr) Team Sky  
37Cyril Barthe (Fra) Euskadi Basque Country-Murias0:01:06 
38Jeremy Cornu (Fra) Direct Energie  
39Hayden McCormick (NZl) One Pro Cycling0:01:09 
40Aritz Bagues Kalparsoro (Spa) Euskadi Basque Country-Murias0:01:13 
41Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) Direct Energie0:01:16 
42Reto Hollenstein (Swi) Katusha-Alpecin0:01:17 
43James Lowsley-Williams (GBr) Canyon Eisberg0:01:23 
44Pieter Weening (Ned) Roompot-Nederlandse Loterij0:01:30 
45Ben Swift (GBr) Great Britain0:01:31 
46Connor Swift (GBr) Madison Genesis0:01:34 
47Tiago Machado (Por) Katusha-Alpecin0:01:46 
48Kevin Reza (Fra) Vital Concept Club0:02:05 
49Robbert de Greef (Ned) Roompot-Nederlandse Loterij0:02:18 
50Jenthe Biermans (Bel) Katusha-Alpecin0:02:20 
51Bryan Nauleau (Fra) Direct Energie0:02:24 
52Fred Wright (GBr) Great Britain0:02:30 
53Ryan Anderson (Can) Rally Cycling  
54Joey Walker (GBr) Great Britain  
55Dorian Godon (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits0:03:27 
56Gabriel Cullaigh (GBr) Great Britain  
57Johannes Fröhlinger (Ger) Team Sunweb0:03:51 
58Jonathan Dibben (GBr) Team Sky0:03:52 
59Mathias Le Turnier (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits0:04:03 
60Bryan Coquard (Fra) Vital Concept Club0:04:16 
61Danilo Wyss (Swi) BMC Racing Team  
62Martijn Budding (Ned) Roompot-Nederlandse Loterij0:04:43 
63Jacob Scott (GBr) One Pro Cycling0:04:48 
64Jonathan McEvoy (GBr) Madison Genesis0:05:14 
65Adam Kenway (GBr) Vitus Pro Cycling0:05:52 
66Oscar Gatto (Ita) Astana Pro Team0:07:12 
67Nathan Van Hooydonck (Bel) BMC Racing Team0:08:11 
68Nicolas Dougall (RSA) Dimension Data0:08:35 
69Arnaud Courteille (Fra) Vital Concept Club0:08:51 
70Max Stedman (GBr) Canyon Eisberg0:08:53 
71Lawrence Warbasse (USA) Aqua Blue Sport0:09:05 
72Harry Tanfield (GBr) Canyon Eisberg0:09:24 
73Steven Lammertink (Ned) Vital Concept Club0:09:29 
74Max Walscheid (Ger) Team Sunweb0:09:33 
75Jon Aberasturi Izaga (Spa) Euskadi Basque Country-Murias0:09:39 
76Garikoitz Bravo Oiarbide (Spa) Euskadi Basque Country-Murias0:09:42 
77Robert-Jon McCarthy (Irl) JLT Condor0:09:43 
78Adam Blythe (GBr) Aqua Blue Sport  
79Jonas Van Genechten (Bel) Vital Concept Club  
80Kristoffer Halvorsen (Nor) Team Sky  
81Stéphane Rossetto (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
82Julen Irizar Laskurain (Spa) Euskadi Basque Country-Murias0:09:51 
83Emils Liepins (Lat) One Pro Cycling0:10:05 
84Scott Davies (GBr) Dimension Data0:10:08 
85Jérémy Lecroq (Fra) Vital Concept Club0:10:10 
86Ian Stannard (GBr) Team Sky0:10:19 
87Matteo Dal-Cin (Can) Rally Cycling0:10:48 
88Tobyn Horton (GBr) Madison Genesis0:11:30 
89Joshua Hunt (GBr) Vitus Pro Cycling0:11:32 
90Calvin Watson (Aus) Aqua Blue Sport  
91Perrig Quemeneur (Fra) Direct Energie  
92Seid Lizde (Ita) Holdsworth Pro Racing0:11:45 
93Marco Mathis (Ger) Katusha-Alpecin0:12:38 
94Ben Walsh (Irl) Vitus Pro Cycling0:12:53 
95Axel Journiaux (Fra) Direct Energie0:13:01 
96Angelo Tulik (Fra) Direct Energie0:13:23 
97Loic Chetout (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits0:14:18 
98Laurens De Vreese (Bel) Astana Pro Team  
99Thomas Baylis (GBr) One Pro Cycling0:15:16 
100Julien Morice (Fra) Vital Concept Club0:15:53 
101Moreno Moser (Ita) Astana Pro Team0:16:11 
102Wouter Wippert (Ned) Roompot-Nederlandse Loterij0:18:01 
103Russell Downing (GBr) Holdsworth Pro Racing  
104Andrew Tennant (GBr) Canyon Eisberg  
105Leon Mazzone (GBr) Holdsworth Pro Racing  
106Dexter Gardias (GBr) Canyon Eisberg  
107Pim Ligthart (Ned) Roompot-Nederlandse Loterij  
108Julien Vermote (Bel) Dimension Data  
109Mark Cavendish (GBr) Dimension Data  
110Jay Thomson (RSA) Dimension Data  
111Mark Renshaw (Aus) Dimension Data  
112Mikel Aristi Gardoki (Spa) Euskadi Basque Country-Murias  
113Phil Bauhaus (Ger) Team Sunweb0:18:47 
114Tom Stamsnijder (Ned) Team Sunweb0:19:20 
115Oliver Wood (GBr) JLT Condor0:20:57 
116James Gullen (GBr) JLT Condor  
117Harrison Jones (GBr) Vitus Pro Cycling0:21:56 
118Shane Archbold (NZl) Aqua Blue Sport0:22:26 
119Erick Rowsell (GBr) Madison Genesis0:25:20 
120Riccardo Minali (Ita) Astana Pro Team0:28:01 
121Jesse Anthony (USA) Rally Cycling  
122Sean McKenna (Irl) Holdsworth Pro Racing0:29:15 
123Julio Alberto Amores Palacios (Spa) Vitus Pro Cycling  
124George Pym (GBr) Madison Genesis0:29:26 
125Liam Davies (GBr) Vitus Pro Cycling0:35:12 
Point classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Magnus Cort (Den) Astana Pro Team27 pts
2Harry Tanfield (GBr) Canyon Eisberg21 
3Max Walscheid (Ger) Team Sunweb20 
4Alistair Slater (GBr) JLT Condor20 
5Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) BMC Racing Team15 
6Thomas Baylis (GBr) One Pro Cycling11 
7Bryan Coquard (Fra) Vital Concept Club11 
8Robbert de Greef (Ned) Roompot-Nederlandse Loterij10 
9Eduard Prades Reverter (Spa) Euskadi Basque Country-Murias9 
10Michael Cuming (GBr) Madison Genesis9 
11Jon Aberasturi Izaga (Spa) Euskadi Basque Country-Murias9 
12Serge Pauwels (Bel) Dimension Data7 
13Colin Joyce (USA) Rally Cycling6 
14Jonathan Hivert (Fra) Direct Energie6 
15Adam Kenway (GBr) Vitus Pro Cycling6 
16Robert-Jon McCarthy (Irl) JLT Condor6 
17Ben Swift (GBr) Great Britain5 
18Robert Kiserlovski (Cro) Katusha-Alpecin5 
19Connor Swift (GBr) Madison Genesis5 
20Emils Liepins (Lat) One Pro Cycling5 
21Michael Storer (Aus) Team Sunweb4 
22Mike Teunissen (Ned) Team Sunweb4 
23Axel Journiaux (Fra) Direct Energie4 
24Patrick Bevin (NZl) BMC Racing Team3 
25Tobyn Horton (GBr) Madison Genesis3 
26Steff Cras (Bel) Katusha-Alpecin2 
27Jonathan McEvoy (GBr) Madison Genesis2 
28Brent Bookwalter (USA) BMC Racing Team1 
29Garikoitz Bravo Oiarbide (Spa) Euskadi Basque Country-Murias1 
30Julen Irizar Laskurain (Spa) Euskadi Basque Country-Murias1 
31Riccardo Minali (Ita) Astana Pro Team1 
Mountain classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Michael Cuming (GBr) Madison Genesis8 pts
2Peter Williams (GBr) One Pro Cycling6 
3Jonathan McEvoy (GBr) Madison Genesis6 
4Magnus Cort (Den) Astana Pro Team4 
5Laurens De Vreese (Bel) Astana Pro Team4 
6Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) BMC Racing Team2 
7Leonardo Basso (Ita) Team Sky2 
8Robbert de Greef (Ned) Roompot-Nederlandse Loterij2 
9Ian Stannard (GBr) Team Sky2 
10Thomas Baylis (GBr) One Pro Cycling2 
11Eduard Prades Reverter (Spa) Euskadi Basque Country-Murias1 
12Patrick Bevin (NZl) BMC Racing Team1 
13Danilo Wyss (Swi) BMC Racing Team1 
14Axel Journiaux (Fra) Direct Energie1 
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