Lawless wins Tour de Yorkshire

05 May 2019

Lawless wins Tour de Yorkshire

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Tour de Yorkshire - Stage four: Halifax - Leeds, 175km

Chris Lawless finished off an incredible display of teamwork to clinch overall victory at the Tour de Yorkshire for Team INEOS.

In the team's first race in new colours, Lawless became the first Brit to win the stage race after a thrilling final day of racing. With the backing of his teammates, Lawless dug deep on a challenging parcours before following the crucial attack on the final rise into Leeds.

Following Greg Van Avermaet (CCC Team), the pair joined up with Eddie Dunbar on the run-in after the Irishman had launched clear on Otley Chevin. Dunbar buried himself in the final kilometres to ensure he and Lawless stayed clear. With Van Avermaet sprinting to victory, second place ensured Lawless wrapped up the blue jersey with a winning margin of two seconds. Third on the stage and third overall was reward for a selfless ride from Dunbar. A consistent race also saw Lawless take home the sprinters' jersey.

Chris Froome also unleashed an acceleration on the famous Otley Chevin climb, providing a launchpad for Dunbar, and using his experience in the bunch to help guide the team during a supreme tactical display. Owain Doull, Michal Golas, Ian Stannard and Leonardo Basso all put in phenomenal rides on the day.
Chris Lawless

Chris Lawless

To repay INEOS like this, at a home race, is really special.
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- Chris Lawless

"If someone had told me coming in that I’d win this race I’d have called them a liar. I didn’t think it was possible!
 
"I managed to get to the bottom the Chevin without getting dropped. Then around halfway up it I starting losing distance with the main guys. I knew the climb with 5km to go wouldn’t be too bad for me, and I knew I could go hard for that amount of time. If I could just get back over the Chevin to that group then I might have a chance of staying up there.
 
"Doull did a really good job of getting me back over the top of the Chevin. When Greg went on the climb with 5km to go we already had Eddie up the road. I knew I just had to follow Greg. I didn’t do a turn getting across to Eddie and then as soon as we got there I just told Eddie to ride. I knew even if I got second I’d still win (overall).
 
"I’ve got to really thank the team for putting the faith in me and still backing me. I’ve not had a good history of performing on courses like this. The team looked at how I was going yesterday and said ‘we’re going to give you a shot.’ I’m so happy they did!"
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- Chris Froome (ITV Sport)

"It’s great for us having numbers there in the final and eventually putting Eddie up there. It put us in a great position behind – we could just follow the wheels. I think at the end of the day it was Chris Lawless who really had the legs to go with Greg in the final which won us the race overall. I’m really proud of him. 
 
"Chris being up there and getting bonus seconds every few days really put him in the best position to win overall. As a start for INEOS we couldn’t have asked for much more really."
Chris Froome

Chris Froome

I think at the end of the day it was Chris Lawless who really had the legs to go with Greg in the final which won us the race overall. I’m really proud of him.
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Stage four result:

1. Greg Van Avermaet (CCC Team) 4:40:03
2. Chris Lawless (Team INEOS) s.t.
3. Eddie Dunbar (Team INEOS) +2"

4. Tom-Jelte Slagter (Dimension Data) +9"
5. James Shaw (SwiftCarbon Cycling) s.t.

Final Standings:

1. Chris Lawless (Team INEOS) 15:18:12
2. Greg Van Avermaet (CCC Team) +2"
3. Eddie Dunbar (Team INEOS) +11"
4. Alexander Kamp (Riwal Readynez) +15"
5. James Shaw (SwiftCarbon Cycling) +25"

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