Hayman aggressive in break, Keukeleire 4th on stage 3 of Tour de l'Eurometropole

Sat 4 Oct 2014

2006 Commonwealth Games road race gold medalist Mathew Hayman has spent stage three of the Tour de l’Eurometropole in an aggressive breakaway.

Initiated just after the flag was dropped to start the stage, Hayman and his four breakaway counterparts survived until the final kilometres of the stage.

Backing up the efforts of Hayman, Belgian Jens Keukeleire contested the final sprint for ORICA-GreenEDGE, finishing fourth. Theo Bos (BEL) won the stage, breaking the winning streak of Arnaud Demare (FDJ) who finished third.

After an unsuccessful attempt to join a break yesterday, Hayman was again part of the earlier action on stage three, this time successful in making a five-rider breakaway that developed soon after the flag.

The 36-year-old was joined by Morgan Lamoisson (EUC), Vegard Stake Laengen (BSE), Gorik Gardeyn (VER) and Boris Dron (WBC) in what proved to be the biggest move of the race so far.

After 70km of racing the quintet had established an advantage of almost nine minutes before the peloton decided to initiate their recovery. 

In the next 50km of racing the gap was reduced to four minutes 30seconds, but in the process forced the peloton into three splits. 

Despite holding on bravely, the break was caught by the first chase group with just over three kilometres to ride resulting in the reduced bunch sprint.

The Tour de l’Eurometropole wraps up tomorrow with the shortest but toughest challenge of the race, the 155km stage four journey from Mons to Tournai.