Lawless takes lead in Yorkshire

04 May 2019

Lawless takes lead in Yorkshire

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Tour de Yorkshire – Stage three: Bridlington – Scarborough, 132km

Chris Lawless moved into the race lead at the Tour de Yorkshire following a close finish to stage three.
 
The young Brit was edged into a narrow second place in the Scarborough sprint finish after Team INEOS had forced an elite selection on a tough day of racing.
 
Lawless was just unable to overcome the late burst from winner Alexander Kamp (Riwal Readynez), but moved into the blue leader’s jersey by way of better stage placings versus his Danish rival.
 
A good day for the team saw no less than six INEOS riders make the split as the race blew apart on exposed roads heading into the final 50km. Chris Froome, Owain Doull, Eddie Dunbar and Michal Golas all finished on the same time, as a group of less than 20 riders contested the finish.
 
Ian Stannard had also been present and dug deep to ensure the group gained an unassailable advantage on the run for home, eventually peeling off on the Cote de Ugglebarnaby.
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Chris Lawless

Chris Lawless

We’ve still got five guys up there on GC now and we’ll see what happens tomorrow. We were the team with the most numbers in there and the team were super strong all day.
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- Chris Lawless

"I’m a bit gutted about not winning the stage, but with a new team sponsor it’s always nice to be leading the race. The main focus today was keeping Doull, Froomey and Eddie in GC contention. Me taking the race lead is a bit of a bonus and second on the stage. But in my mind I was really looking for first. 
 
"It was a really good job by the boys all day. It was us and Riwal that took the initiative to split it in the crosswinds over the top of the third climb. It paid off as we were the two teams finishing first and second. 
 
"There are a couple of things that I could have done differently in the sprint. I should have maybe laid off Doull’s wheel a bit more so that I could rush the gap and carry my speed.
 
"You notice the wind but not so much the water! We didn’t realise how much of a tail-cross (wind) it was and how quick the sprint was going to be. I thought it was going to be more of a direct crosswind. Kamp took advantage of that and pretty much timed his sprint perfectly.
 
"My climbing has improved this year but I think tomorrow might be a bit far of a stretch. We’ll see as I seem to be going alright. We’ve still got five guys up there on GC now and we’ll see what happens tomorrow. We were the team with the most numbers in there and the team were super strong all day."
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What's Next?

Lawless also holds the points jersey ahead of the race’s final stage, a mirror of 2018's finale. The run to Leeds is arguably even tougher than Saturday's test and a barrage of climbs should again split up the peloton before crowning the winner in the city centre.

Stage three result:

1. Alexander Kamp (Riwal Readynez) 3:23:24
2. Chris Lawless (Team INEOS) s.t.
3. Greg Van Avermaet (CCC Team)
4. Rasmus Tiller (Dimension Data)
5. Scott Thwaites (Vitus Pro Cycling)

Overall standings:

1. Chris Lawless (Team INEOS) 10:38:15
2. Alexander Kamp (Riwal Readynez) s.t.
3. Greg Van Avermaet (CCC Team) +6"
4. Andreas Stokbro (Riwal Readynez) +10"
5. Scott Thwaites (Vitus Pro Cycling) s.t.
8. Owain Doull (Team INEOS) 
9. Eddie Dunbar (Team INEOS)
12. Chris Froome (Team INEOS)
13. Michal Golas (Team INEOS)

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