Tour Of Britain Stage 3

12/09/2012   |   Posted by jeremy

Tour of Britain Stage 3 : Jedburgh – Dumfries 161.4km.

Yesterday’s stage saw the cycling circus that is the Tour of Britain move north to the Scottish boarders. 161.4km of racing with a sprint followed by three mountain classifications and then 2 more sprints on the run down to Dumfries before heading out on a loop to return to the finish.

It would be a stage that Mark Cavendish would be desperate to win after his first two failed attempts. The riders looked very relaxed as they set off from Jedburgh in the Sunshine.

The action started quite early on as the peloton headed for the first sprint of the day at Hawick just 10km from the start. Mark Cavendish acted as lead out man for Luke Rowe of Sky to get him over the line first with the gold jersey of Boy Van Poppel coming in second. This was a good start for Sky as it meant that with the sprint win from Rowe would put him in equal position for the lead of the tour.

A breakaway started to form with a five man group including Kristian House of Rapha Condor who featured strongly in stage one. The lead group approached the first climb of the day, a category 1 at Roberton. House went for the win but was overhauled by the Australian Bernard Sulzberger of Raleigh who took the win and the 10 points on offer.

The second ascent of the day came at 41km at Fire Stane Edge. The scenery up here was absolutely spectacular and there were more sheep watching the peloton sweep past than people. In a smart move Kristian House was the man who jumped again and this time he made it stick to take the points at the top of the climb. This would mean he was the leader of the king of the mountains.

The last climb of the day was a category 2 at Grey Mares Tail. The lead group had a 3 minute 51 second gap over the peloton and the weather had turned distinctly wet and windy. The riders were forced to put on gilets one minute and then take them off again as the sun went in and out again in the very changeable weather. Once again it was House who made a move but this time he was overhauled again by Sulzberger who took the line in first position. The descent on the other side was wet and made for excitement.

The second sprint of the day was at Lochmaben, it was taken by Peter Williams of Node 4 – Giordana with Peter Hawkins second. 15km later at the last sprint of the day in Dumfries it was Peter Williams again taking the honours, before they headed out on a 30km loop before returning to the finish.

Williams, House and Sulzberger were caught by the main field with 22km to go. A couple of riders went off the front with 10 km to go, but Sky started putting the hammer down to bring them back. As they entered Dumfries again the roads were wet and with quite a technical finish things could get dicey.

  At 1km to go things were hotting up. Sky were at the front of the pack determined to get Cav into a stage winning position again. This time he went off the front to take a comfortable win in a text book manoeuvre with Leigh Howard and Aidis Kruopis both of Orica – GreenEDGE coming in second and third.

A good day’s racing all round with no crashes, let’s hope that the action continues as it has in this stage.

 

 

Stage

1

Mark Cavendish

Sky Procycling

2

Leigh Howard

Orica - GreenEDGE

3

Aidis Kruopis

Orica - GreenEDGE

Overall

1

Leigh Howard

Orica - GreenEDGE

2

Mark Cavendish

Sky Procycling

3

Boy Van Poppel

UnitedHealthcare

Points

1

Boy Van Poppel

UnitedHealthcare

2

Russell Downing

Endura Racing

3

Luke Rowe

Sky Procycling

Mountains

1

Kristian House

Rapha Condor

2

Pablo Urtasun

Euskaltel Euskadi

3

Richard Handley

Rapha Condor

Sprints

1

Peter Williams

Node 4 - Giordana

2

Rony Martias

Saur Sojasun

3

Kristian House

Rapha Condor

Team

1

Garmin - Sharp

 

2

Sky Procycling

 

3

Endura Racing

 

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