Tour of Britain: Ian Stannard wins stage three after breakaway ride

Ian Stannard

This was Ian Stannard’s first stage win in the Tour of Britain

Britain’s Ian Stannard won stage three of the Tour of Britain with a brilliant breakaway ride.

The Team Sky man, 29, pulled away from the other riders in the leading group with 40 kilometres to go.

Stannard finished almost two minutes clear of Graham Briggs of JLT-Condor and ONE Pro Cycling’s Kristian House.

The stage had been expected to finish in a bunched sprint, but the main bunch, which included Mark Cavendish, finish more than six minutes behind.

Belgium’s Julien Vermote, the winner of Monday’s second stage, retained the overall lead.

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Chris Froome tweeted his appreciation for Stannard’s performance

Article source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/cycling/37289636

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