It was a full-on chase to the end for the final stage of the 3rd Tour de Yorkshire on Sunday, with Team KATUSHA ALPECIN’S Maurits Lammertink and Tiago Machado in hot pursuit from a select group. In the end Omar Fraile joined his breakaway teammate Serge Pauwels (Dimension Data) to keep the advantage to win both the stage and the overall, the latter holding six-seconds to the former for the classification. Lammertink took sixth on the stage from the chasing group at six seconds and earned the same position for the GC as well.
“We saw good work from the team today, with Lammertink and Machado both showing our colors in the front and on the hard climbs. There was nothing easy about today’s stage and we can be especially proud of the good results from Maurits. His sixth place on GC shows he is going in the right way,” said sports director Xavier Florencio. Lammertink was +.21 behind winner Pauwels.
The third stage at 194.5km began in Bradford and ended in Fox Valley (Sheffield). It was a lumpy day with terrain going up and down throughout the stage. Rider Tiago Machado was active on many of the climbs along with Lammertink. In the last few climbs Pauwels went solo to establish a gap with the reduced group containing both KATUSHA ALPECIN riders chasing hard to bring him back. When Pauwels looked sure to falter, his teammate Fraile dug deep to bridge across and escort his team leader through the final kilometer to give them 1-2 in both the stage and overall.
Tomorrow Team KATUSHA ALPECIN races in Frankfurt before starting the first grand tour of the season next Friday when the 100th Giro d'Italia begins in Alghero, Italy.
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