Tour of Britain Stage 3: A Day for the Breakaway6. September 2016, Tatton Park, Knutsford (GBR) — Road Team
Tour of Britain Stage 3 was one for the breakaway as Ian Stannard (Team Sky) took victory after riding solo over the final 40km of the day before Rick Zabel was part of the bunch sprint from the peloton behind to take eighth place.
A four rider breakaway formed as soon as the flag dropped on today’s stage and were soon able to extend an advantage of 5 minutes 30 seconds over the peloton.
The group appeared to be working well together up until 40km to go when Stannard made his winning move. He was able to extend his lead over the peloton to a maximum of 7 minutes 34 seconds before riding solo to the line to take the win.
Graham Briggs (JLT Condor) and Kristian House (One Pro Cycling) crossed the line to take second and third place respectively before the peloton, 5 minutes 43 seconds back, headed towards the line for a bunch sprint which saw Zabel land BMC Racing Team their first top ten finish at the Avivia Tour of Britain.
With no change on the General Classification after today’s stage, Rohan Dennis remains BMC Racing Team’s highest placed rider in 12th place overall, 1 minute 17 seconds behind the current race leader Julien Vermote (Ettix - Quick Step).
Quotes from the Finish Line
“I feel fairly happy with my sprint in the end today. The break went early today with four really strong riders but as they weren’t a threat to the GC they were allowed to stay out in front, although I don’t think we expected them to go all the way.”
“When the peloton realised that the break was going to go all the way it sat up a little to save energy I think. In the end a sprint for fourth is never the same as one for the win but nevertheless the last 5km were definitely fast and hectic. I felt okay today so gave it a go and finishing fifth from the sprint between the peloton riders is not bad.”
“There are still five days to go at this race and every day will be hard but we are just going to take it day by day and see what opportunities arise. It is a good peloton here but we also have a strong team and we are riding without any stress so that will definitely help us to keep motivated and keep trying to make some good results.”
Sports Director Jackson Stewart:
"We saw that today’s stage had bigger roads and more gradual climbs and we thought, like most teams I think, that it would be a field sprint. A handful of guys went away and we thought that teams would unite to close the gap for the final but that never happened and in fact the climbs were harder than expected. It was a strong group that stayed away and when the peloton realised that they would be able to make it to the line there didn’t seem to be a lot of motivation behind to chase. Rick got a top ten which was in the end was a good result for us. I don’t think it was by any means an easy day for the peloton. It was still a hard stage even though it might have looked monotonous but I'm sure all our guys will be ready for another day of racing tomorrow."
Tour of Britain
Stage 3: Congleton - Tatton Park, Knutsford, 179.4km
Top 3: 1. Ian Standard (Team Sky) 2. Graham Briggs (JLT Condor) 3. Kristian House (One Pro Cycling)
BMC Racing Team Top 3: 8. Rick Zabel 47. Rohan Dennis 74. Taylor Phinney
BMC Racing Team Top 3 on GC: 12. Rohan Dennis 35. Loïc Vliegen 45. Amaël Moinard
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