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April 30/17 20:06 pm - Tour of Yorkshire


Posted by Editoress on 04/30/17
 

Serge Pauwels (Dimension Data) took his first pro victory at the end of a gruelling third stage. The Belgian opened up a gap on the final few climbs and crossed the finish line ahead of teammate Omar Fraile. Pauwels with his win claimed the overall in the third edition of the Tour de Yorkshire.

Bradford Dyed in the Wool with Cycling
It felt like the Tour de France before the start in Bradford. Although the sun rising over the nearby city of Leeds played a part, the atmosphere came mainly from the huge crowds that came out to cheer on the heroes of the Tour de Yorkshire. The 123-strong peloton rolled out of the city at 12:29 pm, ready to tackle a queen stage that featured no fewer than 8 climbs.

Five and Two
The peloton started the stage like a bat out of hell. It took 12 kilometres for a five-man breakaway to form, with Hayman (ORS), Lammertink (TLJ), McEvoy (MGT), Williams (ONE) and Gardias (BIK) powering away from the bunch. Smukulis (DMP) and Weening (RNL) bridged across to the leading group at km 29, with the peloton 3:30 back. The gap between the seven-man group and the bunch continued to grow and hit 4:30 at km 39.

Fans Turn Out in Force
Weening was the first rider over Côte de Silsden, the first climb of the day (km 64), with the difference to the peloton still unchanged. Weening was also first over Côte de Haworth (km 76), while Gardias crowned the Côte de Leeming (km 83) ahead of the rest. A flat tire 90 km into the stage made Williams the first rider to lose contact with the lead group. Weening took a further 4 mountain points at the top of Shibden Wall (km 98), where a huge number of fans lined the road. Meanwhile, the peloton was gradually inching closer at 3¢10≤ and had already caught Williams.

The End of the Beginning
Hayman beat Smukulis and McEvoy to the first intermediate sprint of the day in Clifton (km 108). The peloton, just three minutes behind the leaders, kept creeping closer under the impulse of Dimension Data, Sky and Direct Énergie. Gardias was soon dropped and drifted back into the bunch at km 143. The remaining five riders held out until km 167.

Bouhanni Hits the Deck
Nacer Bouhanni (COF) crashed on a descent shortly before the four-climb stage finale. The crash left the winner of stage 2 seriously rattled and forced him to withdraw. Race leader Caleb Ewan (ORS) was next to be dropped on Côte de Deepcar (km 178), as a 30-man group without defending champion Thomas Voeckler formed at the front. Rosskopf (BMC) was first over the top. Côte de Wigtwizzle (km 183) whittled down the group to just about 20 riders.

Pauwels Caps the Dimension Data Show
Shortly after crowning Côte de Ewden Height (km 185) in first place ahead of Pacher (DMP) and Fraile (DDD), Serge Pauwels (DDD) went on the attack under 10 km before the line. The Belgian went over Côte de Midhopestones (km 189), the last difficulty of the day, with 15s over the chasing group. Teammate Omar Fraile made it across to Pauwels under the flamme rouge, but it was the Belgian who raised his arms in Fox Valley-Sheffield ahead of the delighted Spaniard. Hivert counter-attacked from the group to take third place.

Pauwels Opens His Account in Style
It was the first pro win for Pauwels, who had finished second in a stage of the 2009 Giro d'Italia and again second in the Mont Ventoux stage of last year's Tour de France. The 33-year-old won the general classification of the Tour de Yorkshire ahead of Fraile and Hivert thanks to his stage win. Australia's Caleb Ewan took home the green points jersey, while Peter Weening was crowned best climber of the third edition of the race.

ASO press release

Stage 1 (April 28th): Bridlington to Scarborough, 174 km
1 Dylan Groenewegen (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo 4:09:38
2 Caleb Ewan (Aus) Orica-Scott
3 Chris Opie (GBr) Bike Channel Canyon
4 Nacer Bouhanni (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits
5 Steele Von Hoff (Aus) One Pro Cycling
6 Kristian Sbaragli (Ita) Dimension Data
7 Andre Looij (Ned) Roompot - Nederlandse Loterij
8 Adam Blythe (GBr) Aqua Blue Sport
9 Baptiste Planckaert (Bel) Katusha-Alpecin
10 Enrique Sanz Unzue (Esp) Team Raleigh GAC
11 Jacob Hennessy (GBr) Great Britain
12 Brent Bookwalter (USA) BMC Racing Team
13 Søren Kragh Andersen (Den) Team Sunweb
14 Tony Hurel (Fra) Direct Energie
15 Luke Rowe (GBr) Team Sky
16 Floris Gerts (Ned) BMC Racing Team
17 Jonathan McEvoy (GBr) Madison Genesis
18 Steven Lammertink (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo
19 Alex Frame (NZl) JLT Condor
20 Jonas van Genechten (Bel) Cofidis, Solutions Credits all s.t.
 
94 Svein Tuft (Can) Orica-Scott 2:12
 
Stage 2 (April 29th): Tadcaster to Harrogate, 122.5 km
1 Nacer Bouhanni (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits 2:45:51
2 Caleb Ewan (Aus) Orica-Scott
3 Jonathan Hivert (Fra) Direct Energie
4 Dylan Groenewegen (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo
5 Christopher Lawless (GBr) Great Britain
6 Kristian Sbaragli (Ita) Dimension Data
7 Søren Kragh Andersen (Den) Team Sunweb
8 Tony Hurel (Fra) Direct Energie
9 Matthew Holmes (GBr) Madison Genesis
10 Adam Blythe (GBr) Aqua Blue Sport
11 Brent Bookwalter (USA) BMC Racing Team
12 Steele Von Hoff (Aus) One Pro Cycling
13 Jonathan McEvoy (GBr) Madison Genesis
14 Chris Opie (GBr) Bike Channel Canyon
15 Enrique Sanz Unzue (Esp) Team Raleigh GAC
16 Brenton Jones (Aus) JLT Condor
17 Tiago Machado (Por) Katusha-Alpecin
18 Sjoerd van Ginneken (Ned) Roompot - Nederlandse Loterij
19 Andre Looij (Ned) Roompot - Nederlandse Loterij
20 Andrew Fenn (GBr) Aqua Blue Sport all s.t.
 
111 Svein Tuft (Can) Orica-Scott 2:52
 
Stage 3: Bradford to Fox Valley (Sheffield), 194.5 km
1 Serge Pauwels (Bel) Dimension Data 4:57:47
2 Omar Fraile (Esp) Dimension Data at s.t.
3 Jonathan Hivert (Fra) Direct Energie 0:06
4 Brent Bookwalter (USA) BMC Racing Team s.t.
5 Tao Geoghegan Hart (GBr) Team Sky 0:08
6 Maurits Lammertink (Ned) Katusha-Alpecin
7 Matthew Holmes (GBr) Madison Genesis
8 Mark Christian (GBr) Aqua Blue Sport
9 Lennard Hofstede (Ned) Team Sunweb all s.t.
10 Joseph Rosskopf (USA) BMC Racing Team 0:23
11 Quentin Pacher (Fra) Delko Marseille Provence KTM 0:32
12 Tiago Machado (Por) Katusha-Alpecin s.t.
13 Mauro Finetto (Ita) Delko Marseille Provence KTM 0:50
14 Lawrence Warbasse (USA) Aqua Blue Sport
15 Amael Moinard (Fra) BMC Racing Team
16 Jacques Janse van Rensburg (RSA) Dimension Data all s.t.
17 Delio Fernandez Cruz (Esp) Delko Marseille Provence KTM 1:22
18 Robert Kiaerlovski (Cro) Katusha-Alpecin
19 Romain Combaud (Fra) Delko Marseille Provence KTM both s.t.
20 Stephane Rossetto (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits 1:25
 
89 Svein Tuft (Can) Orica-Scott 13:37
 
Final GC
1 Serge Pauwels (Bel) Dimension Data 11:53:04
2 Omar Fraile (Esp) Dimension Data at 0:06
3 Jonathan Hivert (Fra) Direct Energie 0:07
4 Brent Bookwalter (USA) BMC Racing Team 0:18
5 Matthew Holmes (GBr) Madison Genesis 0:20
6 Maurits Lammertink (Ned) Katusha-Alpecin
7 Mark Christian (GBr) Aqua Blue Sport
8 Tao Geoghegan Hart (GBr) Team Sky
9 Lennard Hofstede (Ned) Team Sunweb all s.t.
10 Joseph Rosskopf (USA) BMC Racing Team 0:35
11 Tiago Machado (Por) Katusha-Alpecin 0:44
12 Quentin Pacher (Fra) Delko Marseille Provence KTM s.t.
13 Lawrence Warbasse (USA) Aqua Blue Sport 1:02
14 Amael Moinard (Fra) BMC Racing Team
15 Jacques Janse van Rensburg (RSA) Dimension Data
16 Mauro Finetto (Ita) Delko Marseille Provence KTM all s.t.
17 Romain Combaud (Fra) Delko Marseille Provence KTM 1:34
18 Robert Kiaerlovski (Cro) Katusha-Alpecin
19 Delio Fernandez Cruz (Esp) Delko Marseille Provence KTM both s.t.
20 Nick van der Lijke (Ned) Roompot - Nederlandse Loterij 1:55
 
93 Svein Tuft (Can) Orica-Scott 18:53/td>

 

 

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