05.09.2017 17:45

OVO Energy Tour of Britain. Kristoff sprints for third

The 14th Tour of Britain produced a sprint final in stage 3 with Team KATUSHA ALPECIN’S Alexander Kristoff taking third place behind winner Caleb Ewan (ORICA-Scott) and fellow Norwegian Edvald Boasson Hagen. Teammate Mads Würtz Schmidt managed to hold on to earn fifth place.

“There was some bad weather today with rain at the start. In the final it was slightly uphill in the last 2k’s. I managed to come into an OK position. Mads tried to stay in my wheels in case he could help me in the end, but he lost it just a bit. By the top of the climb when it was time to sprint I didn’t have so much left in my legs but third was still a good result behind Ewan and Edvald and close at the end of the day. Maybe in a few days I will be really up there,” said team captain Alexander Kristoff.

Caleb Ewan earned top honors with a time of 4:04:04 (43.485 km/h) on the 176.8k course from Normanby Hall Country Park to Scunthorpe. Ewan holds the leader’s jersey as well in the 8-day stage race. Behind him by six-second on the general classification is Elia Viviani of Team Sky, and Boasson Hagen is one-second further back in third place.

Racing continues on Wednesday with the fourth stage. At 164.7km, the day begins in Mansfield and ends in Newark-on-Trent.

Photo credit © Tim De Waele