Ian Stannard produced a dominant ride to sweep to victory in the Tour of Britain’s third stage on Tuesday. — Photo competitor.com
Viet Nam News
LONDON — Team Sky’s Ian Stannard produced a dominant ride to sweep to victory in the Tour of Britain’s third stage on Tuesday (September 6).
Stannard established himself among a small breakaway group soon after the race left Congleton and with 40km to go the Englishman surged to the finish line.
The 29-year-old, who helped Chris Froome to his latest Tour de France triumph, finished almost two minutes clear of Graham Briggs of the JLT-Condor team and ONE Pro Cycling’s Kristian House.
It was a first win of the season for Stannard, the 2012 national road champion who is more often seen doing long turns at the front of the pack for Froome.
Stannard has some race pedigree after collecting podium finishes at E3 Harelbeke and Paris-Roubaix this year.
Belgium’s Julien Vermote, the winner of Monday’s second stage, retains the overall lead as Stannard lost more than 13 minutes to the Ettix-QuickStep rider in the Lake District. — AFP