Stage Three saw ‘Breakaway King’ Pete Williams enjoy a long but wet day at the head of the race while Karol Domagalski and Kamil Gradek hold onto 4th and 6th place on GC. 

The third stage of the Tour of Britain took place completely within the county of North Lincolnshire. The beautiful grounds of Normanby Hall was the starting point for the race before heading out around the lanes of Lincolnshire on the 176km course that was mainly flat but featured a couple of small King of the Mountain classifications before finishing in the centre of Scunthorpe.

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PETE WILLIAMS ANIMATES THE BREAK ON STAGE THREE AT THE TOUR OF BRITAIN

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When the flag dropped the usual mixture of teams were looking to place a rider in the breakaway. Taking only 6km to establish Pete Williams slid into a move along with 4 other riders including Graham Briggs (JLT) who was on equal points with Karol Domagalski in the sprint competition.

As the breakaway established a maximum lead of 4 minutes over the peloton, it was Graham Briggs (JLT) who scooped up the points in the Intermediate Sprints to claim the jersey from Domagalski. Williams rode well in the break and as they started to tire towards the end, Pete Williams dug in a little deeper.

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PETE WILLIAMS ANIMATES THE BREAK ON STAGE THREE AT THE TOUR OF BRITAIN

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The break whittled down to just two riders including Pete Williams and Ian Bibby (JLT) who held the bunch at a slender 10 seconds advantage. However, as the two British riders crested the final KOM with 16km to go, the peloton were hot on the their heels, quickly catching and absorbing the duo before the run into the finish.

ONE Pro Cycling rallied round team sprinter Steele Von Hoff for the sprint at the end of the stage but with 7km to go, Von Hoff was forced to pull over with a pucture. A quick wheel change from Race Mechanic Brian Rigby made sure the Australian rider didn’t lose much time. As though Pete Williams hasn’t worked hard enough in the break all day, the Yorkshire resident dropped to the back of the peloton and helped tow Von Hoff back to the bunch.

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PETE WILLIAMS ANIMATES THE BREAK ON STAGE THREE AT THE TOUR OF BRITAIN

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Into the final 4km and Steele was placed nicely in the wheels as the sprint trains formed, however as they hit the final ramp with 1km to go Von Hoff opened up his sprint but was unable to make an impact and faded in the final.

Heading into tomorrow’s stage Karol Domagalski and Kamil Gradek hold onto their 4th & 6th place on the General Classification and are ready for more action on Day 4.

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PETE WILLIAMS ANIMATES THE BREAK ON STAGE THREE AT THE TOUR OF BRITAIN

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Commenting on today’s stage, Head Sports Director Matt Winston said, “I’m satisfied with how today unfolded, obviously it’s disappointing to lose the jersey but there’s still four more road stages and plenty of points on offer so we will be looking to see what we can do there. It was great to have Pete up in the break all day and Karol and Kamil still holding a good GC place at this point in the race is fantastic.”