Meyer remains in second place overall after the third stage in the OVO Energy Tour of Britain

Tue 4 Sep 2018

Yesterday's OVO Energy Tour of Britain stage winner Cameron Meyer finished in the main front group on today's short third stage to maintain second place overall behind the new race leader Patrick Bevin (BMC).

The hilly day saw the peloton whitteled down and a reduced peloton sprint it out for the victory, with runner up on stage one, Caleb Ewan, finding himself slightly boxed in in the closing 500metres and unable to challenge for the sprint victory.

Hard start with no freedom

It was a fierce start to the short 127km third day with multiple attacks coming within the first 50kilometres, various combinations tried to breakaway but the peloton was giving no riders any freedom.

Over the first climb of the day it looked like a move could get away and stick but all attemps were soon brought back by the ever attentive peloton.

Seven get a gap

It was after 75km of racing that a group of seven riders were finally able to put some distance between themselves and the peloton, however, the group was only able to hover 40seconds ahead with Quickstep-Floors and BMC the main teams controlling the distance.

With 25km to go, the gap slowly began to reduce down to just 30seconds and the seven leaders were left to dangle out front until the final first category climb. Once the group was caught attacks began to fly on Providence Lane, a short first category climb, but the reduced peloton continued to bring things back in the hope for a bunch sprint.

No space to move

With the hard pace over the lumpy terrain the bunch was strung out in one long line in the run into the finish with Mitchelton-SCOTT working to try and keep Ewan in position but in the final, Ewan became boxed in with no room to open up his sprint, having to settle for a minor placing.

Caleb Ewan

"Today was really solid. It took a very long time for the break to go and it was a short stage so it was really full gas all day.

"Roger Kluge put me in great position in a crucial moment of the race with seven kilometres to go, then I just followed the wheels as best I could.

"In the end the climbs in the last few kilometres were a bit too hard and I didn’t have the legs in the sprint. Cameron is still second on overall so hopefully he can take the lead at some point in these next stages."

OVO Energy Tour of Britain stage 3 results:

1. Julian Alaphilppe (Quickstep-Floors) 2:47
2. Patrick Bevin (BMC) ST
3. Emils Liepins (One-Pro) ST
12. Caleb Ewan (Mitchelton-SCOTT) ST

General classification after stage 3:

1. Patrick Bevin (BMC) 11:03
2. Cameron Meyer (Mitchelton-SCOTT) ST
3. Julian Alaphilppe (Quickstep-Floors) +0:02

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