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Froome wins at Vuelta, Ewan in Britain, D’hoore best in Belgium: Your Daily News Digest

by Shane Stokes

September 6, 2017

Froome wins Vuelta TT stage and extends general classification advantage; Ewan pips Boasson Hagen to win stage three of Tour of Britain; D’hoore Wins Lotto Belgium Tour Prologue; Loren Rowney joins Drops; Andrew Talansky announces retirement from pro cycling at age 28; Ag2r La Mondiale removes two riders from Vuelta after sticky bottle incident; Lappartient: UCI’s tablet detectors ‘simply aren’t enough’; Man charged over death of Chris Boardman’s mother; Contador on retirement: ‘I’ll gain weight, you’ll make jokes about it’; Stepping up: Three US teams aim for Pro Continental status in 2018; Video: Missing the Vuelta TT start time

Ewan pips Boasson Hagen to win stage three of Tour of Britain

by Shane Stokes

Caleb Ewan (Orica-Scott) pips Edvald Boasson Hagen (Team Dimension Data) on stage 3 of the Tour of Britain. Photo by Simon Wilkinson/SWpix.com

Caleb Ewan topped the podium for the second time in three days on Tuesday, winning stage three of the OVO Energy Tour of Britain into Scunthorpe and reclaiming the leader’s jersey. The Orica-Scott rider took a slender victory over Edvald Boasson Hagen (Team Dimension Data), who also lost out on a photo finish on day one.

Alexander Kristoff (Katusha-Alpecin) took third, while the previous race leader Elia Viviani (Team Sky) finished back in seventh place and conceded his place atop the GC leaderboard. Thanks to time bonuses, Ewan is now six seconds clear of the Italian, while two-time Tour of Britain champion Boasson Hagen a further second back in third.

“We had to sit at the front all day, taking a bit of the wind and then with the hill coming up close to the finish line that made it a bit tricky as well,” said Ewan. Former world champion Philippe Gilbert attacked on the drag up to the line, but Ewan didn’t panic.

“After Gilbert went, I was pretty confident in Luka Mezgec,” he said. “He knows what he is doing so I could just follow him. He had to go pretty much full gas as soon as he started the lead out so that made it harder for me as well. To be honest, I was on his wheel and pretty pinned. As soon as he swung off I just gave it my all and did a big lunge for the line.”

The day’s action began with the inevitable breakaway attempts and inside the first 15 minutes, British quintet Ian Bibby and Graham Briggs (both JLT-Condor), Matthew Holmes (Madison-Genesis), Harry Tanfield (Bike Channel-Canyon) and Pete Williams (One Pro Cycling) got clear. Briggs went on a spree and ended up as leader in the mountains and sprints classifications, but the move was hauled back with 11 kilometres remaining.

Stage 3: Normanby Hall country park > Scunthorpe - Stage Result

Tuesday 5th September 2017

1. au
EWAN Caleb
ORICA-Scott
04:04:05
2. no
BOASSON HAGEN Edvald
Dimension Data
-
3. no
KRISTOFF Alexander
Team Katusha - Alpecin
-
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