Tour of Britain: Ewan wins stage 3

The Tour of Britain saw another close finish on stage 3, as Caleb Ewan (Orica-Scott) took his second win in three days in Scunthorpe. Norwegian duo Edvald Boasson Hagen (Dimension Data) and Alexander Kristoff (Katusha-Alpecin) rounded out the top-three.

An uphill finish had raised questions about whether today would be one for the puncheurs or another for the fast-men, but with so many top quality sprinters at the race, it would take something special to overcome them.

Indeed, the pace-setting by Team Sky, Dimension Data and Katusha almost came to naught as Philippe Gilbert (Quick Step Floors) made his bid for glory as the peloton hit the incline of the final two kilometers. It was a show of strength that signals his form a few weeks ahead of the World Championships, but he would fall short of the victory by 50 meters.

With Gilbert caught, the race was back in the sprinter's hands, and three emerged with a clear gap over the rest of the peloton. As with stage 1, Ewan had the best line, hugging the barriers to beat Boasson Hagen to the line by a wheel-length.

"I was a bit disappointed after yesterday," Ewan said. "I was boxed in during the sprint so I never got to open up [my sprint]. Luckily the team still backed me 100 per cent, and we rode like we were going for the win straight from the start.

"I didn't know how I would feel [today], and I suffered a little on the climb. When [Philippe] Gilbert went, I had to pretty much go full gas. I was dying in the end and luckily it was enough to hold on."

Ewan, who took the leader's jersey back from Elia Viviani (Team Sky), triumphed in spite of the poor weather conditions that dogged the stage.

"It was a tough stage all day. There was a little bit of wind and rain about I don't go that good in the cold anymore. I'm constantly chasing the sun around so when it gets cold and wet I start to feel not so great."

How it unfolded

On a damp, grey afternoon in North Lincolnshire, the break of the day didn't have much trouble establishing itself. Within ten kilometers an all-British break consisting of Pete Williams (ONE Pro Cycling), Harry Tanfield (Bike Channel-Canyon), Matthew Holmes (Madison-Genesis), Ian Bibby and Graham Briggs (both JLT-Condor) had gone clear.

The five quickly amassed a gap of three minutes before some solid JLT teamwork saw Briggs take the first sprint point of the day, earning the virtual red jersey. He would go on to take the maximum points available at the two remaining sprints, earning him a nine point lead over One Pro Cycling's Karol Domagalski.

Briggs, who hails from nearby Doncaster, also leads the mountain classification having led the break over all the first two of the stage's three classified climbs.

For much of the stage, Sky and Orica-Scott were visible at the front of the peloton, ready for the anticipated uphill sprint finish in Scunthorpe. Heading into the final 30km, Katusha also joined the pace-making efforts as the gap to the breakaway started to fall.

The sun came out just in time for the final run-in to Scunthorpe, with the break fracturing just before the final climb of the day at 15km from the finish. After all his hard work Briggs was understandably the first to go, with Tanfield also falling back.

A final flourish from Bibby saw him take the final mountain points of the day, but with 11km to go the peloton made the catch. There were counter-attacks from Rob Partridge (Bike Channel-Canyon) and Simone Andreetta (Bardiani-CSF) but neither made any headway.

The final kilometers saw a flurry of different teams on the front of the peloton, including a short stint from CCC Sprandi-Polkowice. In the final 5km, it was Dimension Data who took control, as they looked to set up Edvald Boasson Hagen for a win after the disappointment of yesterday's demotion.

Ever the opportunist, Gilbert launched off the front on the uphill drag to the finish, and it looked for a moment as if he would spoil the sprinter's party. But as the road flattened the charging peloton bore down on the Belgian, and he was swallowed up in the final 50 meters.

Then, it was up to the eventual podium trio to battle it out amongst themselves, the class of the field. In another close finish, it was Ewan who prevailed over the two Norwegians.

Full Results

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#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Caleb Ewan (Aus) Orica-Scott4:04:05
2Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Dimension DataRow 1 - Cell 2
3Alexander Kristoff (Nor) Katusha-AlpecinRow 2 - Cell 2
4Brenton Jones (Aus) JLT CondorRow 3 - Cell 2
5Mads Würtz Schmidt (Den) Katusha-AlpecinRow 4 - Cell 2
6Andrea Pasqualon (Ita) Wanty - Groupe GobertRow 5 - Cell 2
7Elia Viviani (Ita) Team SkyRow 6 - Cell 2
8Philippe Gilbert (Bel) Quick-Step FloorsRow 7 - Cell 2
9Daniele Bennati (Ita) Movistar TeamRow 8 - Cell 2
10Nikolas Maes (Bel) Lotto SoudalRow 9 - Cell 2
11Tony Martin (Ger) Katusha-AlpecinRow 10 - Cell 2
12Dylan Van Baarle (Ned) Cannondale-DrapacRow 11 - Cell 2
13Zdenek Stybar (Cze) Quick-Step FloorsRow 12 - Cell 2
14Gorka Izagirre (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 13 - Cell 2
15Stefan Küng (Swi) BMC Racing TeamRow 14 - Cell 2
16Dylan Groenewegen (Ned) Team LottoNl-JumboRow 15 - Cell 2
17Dion Smith (NZl) Wanty - Groupe GobertRow 16 - Cell 2
18Floris Gerts (Ned) BMC Racing TeamRow 17 - Cell 2
19Matthew Teggart (Irl) An Post Chain ReactionRow 18 - Cell 2
20Fernando Gaviria (Col) Quick-Step FloorsRow 19 - Cell 2
21Luka Mezgec (Slo) Orica-ScottRow 20 - Cell 2
22Christopher Lawless (GBr) Great BritainRow 21 - Cell 2
23Victor Campenaerts (Bel) Team LottoNl-JumboRow 22 - Cell 2
24Laurens De Plus (Bel) Quick-Step FloorsRow 23 - Cell 2
25Alex Dowsett (GBr) Movistar TeamRow 24 - Cell 2
26Gijs Van Hoecke (Bel) Team LottoNl-JumboRow 25 - Cell 2
27Maciej Paterski (Pol) CCC Sprandi PolkowiceRow 26 - Cell 2
28Michael Hepburn (Aus) Orica-ScottRow 27 - Cell 2
29Michal Kwiatkowski (Pol) Team SkyRow 28 - Cell 2
30Vincenzo Albanese (Ita) Bardiani CSFRow 29 - Cell 2
31Steele Von Hoff (Aus) One Pro CyclingRow 30 - Cell 2
32Brent Bookwalter (USA) BMC Racing TeamRow 31 - Cell 2
33Scott Thwaites (GBr) Dimension DataRow 32 - Cell 2
34Owain Doull (GBr) Team SkyRow 33 - Cell 2
35Jos Van Emden (Ned) Team LottoNl-JumboRow 34 - Cell 2
36Joey Rosskopf (USA) BMC Racing TeamRow 35 - Cell 2
37Xandro Meurisse (Bel) Wanty - Groupe GobertRow 36 - Cell 2
38Geraint Thomas (GBr) Team SkyRow 37 - Cell 2
39Silvan Dillier (Swi) BMC Racing TeamRow 38 - Cell 2
40Imanol Erviti (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 39 - Cell 2
41Connor Swift (GBr) Madison GenesisRow 40 - Cell 2
42Nils Politt (Ger) Katusha-AlpecinRow 41 - Cell 2
43Hugh Carthy (GBr) Cannondale-DrapacRow 42 - Cell 2
44Kamil Gradek (Pol) One Pro CyclingRow 43 - Cell 2
45Reto Hollenstein (Swi) Katusha-AlpecinRow 44 - Cell 2
46Karol Domagalski (Pol) One Pro CyclingRow 45 - Cell 2
47Ryan Mullen (Irl) Cannondale-DrapacRow 46 - Cell 2
48Hayden Mccormick (NZl) One Pro CyclingRow 47 - Cell 2
49Jonathan Castroviejo (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 48 - Cell 2
50James Shaw (GBr) Lotto SoudalRow 49 - Cell 2
51Patrick Bevin (NZl) Cannondale-DrapacRow 50 - Cell 2
52Mark Stewart (GBr) An Post Chain ReactionRow 51 - Cell 2
53James Oram (NZl) One Pro CyclingRow 52 - Cell 2
54Marcel Sieberg (Ger) Lotto SoudalRow 53 - Cell 2
55Russell Downing (GBr) JLT CondorRow 54 - Cell 2
56Ariel Maximiliano Richeze (Arg) Quick-Step FloorsRow 55 - Cell 2
57Daniel Martin (Irl) Quick-Step FloorsRow 56 - Cell 2
58Lukasz Owsian (Pol) CCC Sprandi PolkowiceRow 57 - Cell 2
59Senne Leysen (Bel) Lotto SoudalRow 58 - Cell 2
60Vasil Kiryienka (Blr) Team SkyRow 59 - Cell 2
61Primoz Roglic (Slo) Team LottoNl-JumboRow 60 - Cell 2
62Rory Sutherland (Aus) Movistar TeamRow 61 - Cell 2
63Lars Boom (Ned) Team LottoNl-JumboRow 62 - Cell 2
64Tiago Machado (Por) Katusha-AlpecinRow 63 - Cell 2
65Alessandro Tonelli (Ita) Bardiani CSFRow 64 - Cell 2
66Regan Gough (NZl) An Post Chain ReactionRow 65 - Cell 2
67James Knox (GBr) Great BritainRow 66 - Cell 2
68Enrico Barbin (Ita) Bardiani CSFRow 67 - Cell 2
69Eric Marcotte (USA) Cylance CyclingRow 68 - Cell 2
70Dexter Gardias (GBr) Bike Channel CanyonRow 69 - Cell 2
71Richard Handley (GBr) Madison GenesisRow 70 - Cell 2
72James Lowsley-Williams (GBr) Bike Channel CanyonRow 71 - Cell 2
73Giulio Ciccone (Ita) Bardiani CSFRow 72 - Cell 2
74Rory Townsend (GBr) Bike Channel Canyon0:00:15
75Oliver Wood (GBr) Great BritainRow 74 - Cell 2
76Kris Boeckmans (Bel) Lotto Soudal0:00:30
77Paolo Simion (Ita) Bardiani CSF0:00:48
78Thomas Gibbons (USA) Wanty - Groupe GobertRow 77 - Cell 2
79Mark Renshaw (Aus) Dimension Data0:00:50
80Ethan Hayter (GBr) Great Britain0:00:57
81Ben Hermans (Bel) BMC Racing Team0:01:05
82Jay Thompson (RSA) Dimension DataRow 81 - Cell 2
83Andres Diaz (Ven) Cylance CyclingRow 82 - Cell 2
84Mark Cavendish (GBr) Dimension DataRow 83 - Cell 2
85Alexandre Blain (Fra) Madison GenesisRow 84 - Cell 2
86Mark Mcnally (GBr) Wanty - Groupe GobertRow 85 - Cell 2
87Enzo Wouters (Bel) Lotto SoudalRow 86 - Cell 2
88Harry Tanfield (GBr) Bike Channel CanyonRow 87 - Cell 2
89Jonathan Mcevoy (GBr) Madison GenesisRow 88 - Cell 2
90Taylor Gunman (NZl) Madison GenesisRow 89 - Cell 2
91Sean Mckenna (Irl) An Post Chain ReactionRow 90 - Cell 2
92Damien Shaw (Irl) An Post Chain ReactionRow 91 - Cell 2
93Jan Tratnik (Slo) CCC Sprandi PolkowiceRow 92 - Cell 2
94James Gullen (GBr) JLT CondorRow 93 - Cell 2
95Alistair Slater (GBr) JLT CondorRow 94 - Cell 2
96Peter Williams (GBr) One Pro CyclingRow 95 - Cell 2
97Roger Kluge (Ger) Orica-Scott0:01:43
98Jacob Hennessy (GBr) Great BritainRow 97 - Cell 2
99Luke Durbridge (Aus) Orica-Scott0:02:05
100Tao Geoghegan Hart (GBr) Team SkyRow 99 - Cell 2
101Marcin Bialoblocki (Pol) CCC Sprandi PolkowiceRow 100 - Cell 2
102Robert Partridge (GBr) Bike Channel CanyonRow 101 - Cell 2
103Jonas Koch (Ger) CCC Sprandi PolkowiceRow 102 - Cell 2
104Orlando Garibay (Mex) Cylance CyclingRow 103 - Cell 2
105Chris Opie (GBr) Bike Channel CanyonRow 104 - Cell 2
106Kyle Murphy (USA) Cylance CyclingRow 105 - Cell 2
107Jacob Scott (GBr) An Post Chain ReactionRow 106 - Cell 2
108Davide Formolo (Ita) Cannondale-DrapacRow 107 - Cell 2
109Bernhard Eisel (Aut) Dimension Data0:02:22
110Rob Power (Aus) Orica-Scott0:02:50
111Simone Andreetta (Ita) Bardiani CSF0:02:59
112Matthew Holmes (GBr) Madison Genesis0:03:23
113Adam Hartley (GBr) Great Britain0:03:52
114Graham Briggs (GBr) JLT Condor0:03:55
115Bryan Lewis (USA) Cylance CyclingRow 114 - Cell 2
116Alan Banaszek (Pol) CCC Sprandi Polkowice0:04:28
117Ian Bibby (GBr) JLT Condor0:05:50
DNSWesley Kreder (Ned) Wanty - Groupe GobertRow 117 - Cell 2
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Sprint 1 - Crowle, km. 34
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Graham Briggs (GBr) JLT Condor3pts
2Ian Bibby (GBr) JLT Condor2Row 1 - Cell 3
3Harry Tanfield (GBr) Bike Channel Canyon1Row 2 - Cell 3
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Sprint 2 - Bottesford, km. 79.5
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Graham Briggs (GBr) JLT Condor3pts
2Ian Bibby (GBr) JLT Condor2Row 1 - Cell 3
3Harry Tanfield (GBr) Bike Channel Canyon1Row 2 - Cell 3
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Sprint 3 - Scawby, km. 103.6
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Graham Briggs (GBr) JLT Condor3pts
2Matthew Holmes (GBr) Madison Genesis2Row 1 - Cell 3
3Harry Tanfield (GBr) Bike Channel Canyon1Row 2 - Cell 3
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Points
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Caleb Ewan (Aus) Orica-Scott15pts
2Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Dimension Data14Row 1 - Cell 3
3Alexander Kristoff (Nor) Katusha-Alpecin13Row 2 - Cell 3
4Brenton Jones (Aus) JLT Condor12Row 3 - Cell 3
5Mads Würtz Schmidt (Den) Katusha-Alpecin11Row 4 - Cell 3
6Andrea Pasqualon (Ita) Wanty - Groupe Gobert10Row 5 - Cell 3
7Elia Viviani (Ita) Team Sky9Row 6 - Cell 3
8Philippe Gilbert (Bel) Quick-Step Floors8Row 7 - Cell 3
9Daniele Bennati (Ita) Movistar Team7Row 8 - Cell 3
10Nikolas Maes (Bel) Lotto Soudal6Row 9 - Cell 3
11Tony Martin (Ger) Katusha-Alpecin5Row 10 - Cell 3
12Dylan Van Baarle (Ned) Cannondale-Drapac4Row 11 - Cell 3
13Zdenek Stybar (Cze) Quick-Step Floors3Row 12 - Cell 3
14Gorka Izagirre (Spa) Movistar Team2Row 13 - Cell 3
15Stefan Küng (Swi) BMC Racing Team1Row 14 - Cell 3
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Mountain 1 - Greetwell, km. 87.8
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Graham Briggs (GBr) JLT Condor4pts
2Ian Bibby (GBr) JLT Condor3Row 1 - Cell 3
3Matthew Holmes (GBr) Madison Genesis2Row 2 - Cell 3
4Harry Tanfield (GBr) Bike Channel Canyon1Row 3 - Cell 3
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Mountain 2 - Wrawby, km. 110.9
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Graham Briggs (GBr) JLT Condor4pts
2Ian Bibby (GBr) JLT Condor3Row 1 - Cell 3
3Harry Tanfield (GBr) Bike Channel Canyon2Row 2 - Cell 3
4Matthew Holmes (GBr) Madison Genesis1Row 3 - Cell 3
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Mountain 3 - Winterton, km. 162.5
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Ian Bibby (GBr) JLT Condor4pts
2Matthew Holmes (GBr) Madison Genesis3Row 1 - Cell 3
3Peter Williams (GBr) One Pro Cycling2Row 2 - Cell 3
4Jacob Scott (GBr) An Post Chain Reaction1Row 3 - Cell 3
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British riders
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Christopher Lawless (GBr) Great Britain4:04:05
2Alex Dowsett (GBr) Movistar TeamRow 1 - Cell 2
3Scott Thwaites (GBr) Dimension DataRow 2 - Cell 2
4Owain Doull (GBr) Team SkyRow 3 - Cell 2
5Geraint Thomas (GBr) Team SkyRow 4 - Cell 2
6Connor Swift (GBr) Madison GenesisRow 5 - Cell 2
7Hugh Carthy (GBr) Cannondale-DrapacRow 6 - Cell 2
8James Shaw (GBr) Lotto SoudalRow 7 - Cell 2
9Mark Stewart (GBr) An Post Chain ReactionRow 8 - Cell 2
10Russell Downing (GBr) JLT CondorRow 9 - Cell 2
11James Knox (GBr) Great BritainRow 10 - Cell 2
12Dexter Gardias (GBr) Bike Channel CanyonRow 11 - Cell 2
13Richard Handley (GBr) Madison GenesisRow 12 - Cell 2
14James Lowsley-Williams (GBr) Bike Channel CanyonRow 13 - Cell 2
15Rory Townsend (GBr) Bike Channel Canyon0:00:15
16Oliver Wood (GBr) Great BritainRow 15 - Cell 2
17Ethan Hayter (GBr) Great Britain0:00:57
18Mark Cavendish (GBr) Dimension Data0:01:05
19Mark Mcnally (GBr) Wanty - Groupe GobertRow 18 - Cell 2
20Harry Tanfield (GBr) Bike Channel CanyonRow 19 - Cell 2
21Jonathan Mcevoy (GBr) Madison GenesisRow 20 - Cell 2
22James Gullen (GBr) JLT CondorRow 21 - Cell 2
23Alistair Slater (GBr) JLT CondorRow 22 - Cell 2
24Peter Williams (GBr) One Pro CyclingRow 23 - Cell 2
25Jacob Hennessy (GBr) Great Britain0:01:43
26Tao Geoghegan Hart (GBr) Team Sky0:02:05
27Robert Partridge (GBr) Bike Channel CanyonRow 26 - Cell 2
28Chris Opie (GBr) Bike Channel CanyonRow 27 - Cell 2
29Jacob Scott (GBr) An Post Chain ReactionRow 28 - Cell 2
30Matthew Holmes (GBr) Madison Genesis0:03:23
31Adam Hartley (GBr) Great Britain0:03:52
32Graham Briggs (GBr) JLT Condor0:03:55
33Ian Bibby (GBr) JLT Condor0:05:50
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Teams
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Katusha - Alpecin12:12:15
2Quick Step FloorsRow 1 - Cell 2
3Movistar TeamRow 2 - Cell 2
4Orica - ScottRow 3 - Cell 2
5Wanty - Groupe GobertRow 4 - Cell 2
6BMC Racing TeamRow 5 - Cell 2
7Team Lotto.Nl - JumboRow 6 - Cell 2
8Team SkyRow 7 - Cell 2
9Cannondale - DrapacRow 8 - Cell 2
10Lotto - SoudalRow 9 - Cell 2
11ONE Pro CyclingRow 10 - Cell 2
12An Post - Chain ReactionRow 11 - Cell 2
13Bardiani - CSFRow 12 - Cell 2
14Great Britain0:00:15
15Bike Channel - CanyonRow 14 - Cell 2
16Dimension Data0:00:50
17JLT Condor0:01:05
18CCC Sprandi - PolkowiceRow 17 - Cell 2
19Madison - GenesisRow 18 - Cell 2
20Cylance Pro Cycling0:03:10
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General classification after stage 3
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Caleb Ewan (Aus) Orica-Scott13:54:34
2Elia Viviani (Ita) Team Sky0:00:06
3Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Dimension Data0:00:07
4Karol Domagalski (Pol) One Pro Cycling0:00:14
5Silvan Dillier (Swi) BMC Racing Team0:00:15
6Kamil Gradek (Pol) One Pro CyclingRow 5 - Cell 2
7Alexander Kristoff (Nor) Katusha-Alpecin0:00:16
8Fernando Gaviria (Col) Quick-Step FloorsRow 7 - Cell 2
9Lars Boom (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo0:00:18
10Zdenek Stybar (Cze) Quick-Step Floors0:00:20
11Nikolas Maes (Bel) Lotto SoudalRow 10 - Cell 2