Kamp edges Lawless to win stage three of Tour de Yorkshire

Alexander Kamp wins stage three in Yorkshire

Kamp (left) takes the stage three win ahead of Lawless (in red) on the finishing line on the Scarborough coast

Dane Alexander Kamp beat Chris Lawless in a sprint to win stage three of the Tour de Yorkshire but the Briton has the overall lead going into Sunday’s final stage.

As waves lashed on to the finishing stretch in Scarborough, Kamp ghosted past Lawless to take the win.

He and his Team Ineos rival are on the same overall time, six seconds ahead of defending champion Greg van Avermaet.

Lawless, the race leader on count-back, will wear the blue jersey on Sunday.

Jesper Asselman, race leader after stage two, was dropped by the leading group on the final climb up the Cote de Ugglebarnby.

Asselman had been involved in a crash on the descent from Cote de Grosmont.

Team Ineos, including Britain’s four-time Tour de France winner Chris Froome, did much of the work to split the race apart into echelons with a little over 50km of the stage to go.

Froome and three of his team-mates are among 13 riders who are 10 seconds off the overall lead, while Manxman Mark Cavendish is nine minutes 48 seconds adrift in 65th place.

The race concludes on Sunday with a 109-mile run from Halifax to Leeds featuring well in excess of 3,000 metres of climbing through the Yorkshire Dales.

‘I’m going quite well but I’m a sprinter, not a climber’

Lawless had mixed feelings after the dramatic finish.

“I’m a bit disappointed about not winning the stage but it’s always nice to be leading the race and this is a bonus for us,” he said.

“Tomorrow is a hard stage and I’m going quite well but I’m a sprinter, not a climber, and we’ll have to see if it’s beyond what I can do. I’ll try my best to go until the end and we’ll see how it goes.”

A confident Kamp said: “It was hard in the crosswinds but my team did a terrific job and I had some power left to finish it off at the end with a good sprint.

“I didn’t think too much and went with my instinct, and luckily I won. It was a fantastic victory and I’m in good shape so hopefully I can still be in contention tomorrow.”

Stage three result:

1. Alexander Kamp (Den/Riwal Readynez) 3hrs 23mins 24secs

2. Christopher Lawless (GB/Team Ineos) same time

3. Greg van Avermaet (Bel/CCC Team)

4. Rasmus Tiller (Nor/Dimension Data)

5. Scott Thwaites (GB/Vitus Pro Cycling)

6. Owain Doull (GB/Team Ineos)

7. Matthew Holmes (GB/Madison Genesis)

8. Andreas Nielsen (Den/Riwal Readynez)

9. Nick van der Lijke (Ned/Roompot-Charles)

10. Jenthe Biermans (Bel) Katusha-Alpecin

General classification after stage three:

1. Christopher Lawless (GB/Team Ineos) 10 hrs 38 min 15sec

2. Alexander Kamp (Den/Riwal Readynez) same time

3. Greg van Avermaet (Bel) CCC Team +6 secs

4. Andreas Nielsen (Den/Riwal Readynez) + 10 secs

5. Scott Thwaites (GB/Vitus Pro Cycling)

Article source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/cycling/48164085

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