The Irishman was part of the winning break that included Nordhaug and finished fifth in the sprint finish in Scarborough. The Norwegian holds a four second lead over Thomas Voeckler (Europcar) with two stages remaining but Team Sky almost saw their race fall apart when pre-race favourite Ben Swift crashed out during the stage.
“Saturday should be pretty straight forward with a bunch sprint but Sunday should be pretty brutal but we have a strong team here and Lars is in great form. I don’t think we need to be afraid of anybody.”
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