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Tour of Britain 2014, Stage 3: Zardini wins on the Tumble

9th September 2014

Stage 3 of the Tour of Britain was 180km from Newtown to the Tumble, on the outskirts of Abergavenny. The riders climbed 432m over the final 5km to the summit finish, the first in Wales in the Tour's history. 

The day's break involved six riders - Mark McNally (An Post Chainreaction), Sebastian Lander (BMC), Thomas Stewart (Madison Genesis), Manuele Boaro (Tinkoff Saxo), Yanto Barker (Raleigh), and Michael Cumings (Rapha Condor JLT). Their lead went up to around 2 minutes.

Mark Cavendish did a long turn on the front of the bunch, to help bring the escapees back. Boaro was the last of the breakaway riders to be caught, at 7km to go.

Race leader Mark Renshaw was dropped early on the climb, as expected. Jack Bauer of Garmin Sharp made a move on the lower slopes, and he was joined by Edoardo Zardini of Bardiani. Bauer dropped away, then Roche rode up to and past Zardini. However, Zardini was able to get back to Roche again, and sprinted away from him.

Wiggins struggled to stay with the leading group, but he was paced by David Lopez, and limited his losses, even putting time into Chavanel and Konig.

Zardini won, with Kwiatkowski second (+9s), Roche third and Teuns fourth (both +11s), and Wiggins fifth (14s down). 

Zardini is the new race leader. Kwiatkowski is second at 13s, with Roche third at 17s, Teuns fourth at 21s, and Wiggins fifth at 24 seconds. Wiggins will have a good chance of taking the overall lead in the time trial on the final day of the Tour.

This is a link to the results.

See also our Stage 1 report.

Stage 2 report.

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