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Ian Stannard wins Stage 3

Ian Stannard

Ian Stannard (Team Sky) rode to a solo victory in Tatton Park on Stage 3. 

He was part of the early break, together with Matt Cronshaw (Madison Genesis), Kristian House (One Pro Cycling), and Graham Briggs (JLT Condor). Stannard attacked after the top of the last climb, the Cat & Fiddle, lost the others, and time trialled to the finish.

This video shows the final kilometres of Stage 3:

CyclingNews has a full report and results.

Stage 3, Tour of Britain 2016

Cat & Fiddle road

Cat & Fiddle road, by Philip Halling, Licence CC BY-SA 2.0

Stage 3 of the Tour of Britain 2016 is 179km from Congleton to Tatton Park, Knutsford.

Stage 3, Tour of Britain 2016: route map

Stage 3, Tour of Britain 2016: stage profile and timings

Profile of Stage 3, Tour of Britain 2016

Profile of Stage 3, Tour of Britain 2016, © Tour of Britain

These are the estimated timings and detailed route of Stage 3.

Stage 3, Tour of Britain 2016: the start in Congleton

Congleton, Lion & Swan

Congleton, Lion & Swan, by Mike Peel, Licence CC BY-SA 4.0

Stage 3 of the Tour of Britain 2016 starts in Market Street, Congleton. 

There's quite a long neutralised section, as the riders roll out along High Street, Lawton Street, Mountbatten Way, Mill Street, West Street, West Road, A54, Box Lane, Sandbach Road A534, and Walhill Lane. The flag goes down and the racing starts on Walhill Lane, close to Brownlow.

The riders turn right towards Spen Green and Smallwood, then go left on the A50 to Rode Heath, and right on the B5077 to Alsager.

Stage 3, Tour of Britain 2016: the sprint at Alsager

The first intermediate sprint is in Alsager, at km9.5, on the B5077, with the line just after Milton Park, and just before the Mere Inn.

The race stays on the B5077, crosses the M6, continues to Crewe Golf Club, and turns right up Slaughter Hill. It travels through the south of Crewe on Crewe Green Road/Crewe Road, past Manchester Metropolitan University, Cheshire, over the railway line, and close to the Crewe Alexandra football ground. 

Crewe Alexandra ground, Gresty Road

Crewe Alexandra, by Paul Wilkinson, Licence CC BY 2.0

The riders leave Crewe on the A534 Crewe Road to Willaston, and the outskirts of Nantwich. They turn right on the B5074 Barony Road, cross the river Weaver, and go north to Church Minshull. Next, they're on the A530 to Middlewich.

In Middlewich, the race turns right on St Michael's Way, then leaves town on the A533 to Sandbach.

Stage 3, Tour of Britain 2016: the sprint at Sandbach

The next intermediate sprint is at Sandbach, after 51.5km, on the A533, just in front of Sandbach High School.

The riders go to the centre of Sandbach on the A533, turn left on Hightown to pass the Town Hall, and leave initially on the Congleton Road. They turn left on Offley Road, right on Bradwall Road, go past Sandbach RUFC, and wend their way via Bradwall to Brereton Green. From there, they're on the A50 to Holmes Chapel, over the river Dane, on to Allostock, and Knutsford.

Stage 3, Tour of Britain 2016: first time over the line in Tatton Park

In Knutsford, the race goes along Toft Road/King Edward Road, and past the Heath. There's a Cycle Fest on the Heath in Knutsford, with stalls, activities, events, and live coverage of the race on a big screen. It leaves Knutsford on Tatton Street then Knutsford Drive, heading for Tatton Park, going past Tatton Mere then Melchette Mere before going over the finish line for the first time.

Tatton Mere

Tatton Mere, by Roger Gittins, Licence CC BY-SA 2.0

There's to be live coverage of the race on a big screen in Tatton Park, and two opportunities to see the race.

The riders go right on Ashley Road, to Ashley, then south to Mobberley. After that, it's east to Alderley Edge.

Stage 3, Tour of Britain 2016: the sprint and climb (Category 2) at Alderley Edge

The riders come into Alderley Edge on Brook Lane/London Road, and the third and final intermediate sprint is in the centre, just after the junction of London Road and Stevens Street, at km96.6.

Alderley Edge

View from Alderley Edge, by Smabs Sputzer, Licence CC BY 2.0

2km later (km96.8), the first classified climb of the day begins. It's on the B5087 Macclesfield Road, and ends at km98.3 at the top of Alderley Edge, near the Wizard Inn.

Now the riders head east towards the Peak District. They fork left off the B5087 on Chelford Road to Prestbury and Bollington. From there, they go north to Pott Shrigley.

Stage 3, Tour of Britain 2016: the climb at Pott Shrigley (Category 1)

The next climb starts after 109.8km, and ends after 112.5km. It's from Pott Shrigley, and the Bakestonedale Road takes the riders to the top. Just after the summit, there's a right turn on the B5740, and a fast descent via Rainow to Macclesfield.

The race gets to the edge of Macclesfield on the B5740, then leaves on the A537 Buxton Road, going past Victoria Park, and heading east towards the Peak District again.

Stage 3, Tour of Britain 2016: the climb of the Cat & Fiddle (Category 1)

Cat & Fiddle road

Cat & Fiddle road, by Philip Halling, Licence CC BY-SA 2.0

The third and final categorised climb of the stage starts at km123.3, and continues until km133.5, so it's over a distance of 10km. The road isn't especially steep, but it's picturesque, set as it is in dramatic scenery.

Cat & Fiddle pub

Cat & Fiddle pub, by Simon Harrod, Licence CC BY 2.0

The Cat & Fiddle Inn comes just after the summit, and there are good views from it.

View from Cat & Fiddle

View from Cat & Fiddle, by Tim Fields, Licence CC BY 2.0

Where the A537 ends at its junction with the A54, the race turns right to Allgreave. It passes Bosley reservoir, then turns right on the A523, which takes it north and then west, to Gawsworth (which has an historic manor house, Gawsworth Hall). The next village on the route is Siddington, and immediately after, there's Redesmere lake.

Stage 3, Tour of Britain 2016: the finish at Tatton Park

Tatton Park Mansion

Tatton Park Mansion, by Paul Pierce, Licence CC BY 2.0

At Monk's Heath, the riders turn left on the A537. They're now on the final run-in to the finish. They go through Chelford, Marthall, and Ollerton, and arrive in Knutsford near the station.

They now follow the same route as earlier in the day, along Toft Road/King Edward Road, and then out of Knutsford on Tatton Road/Knutsford Drive, for the finish in Tatton Park, just after Melchette Mere.

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Cat & Fiddle Road

Cat and Fiddle, road & pub sign

Cat and Fiddle, road & pub sign, by David Lally, Licence CC BY-SA 2.0

The Cat & Fiddle road runs between Macclesfield in Cheshire, and Buxton in Derbyshire, and is named after the pub near the top. There are good views of the Peak District, the Cheshire Plain, and Greater Manchester. It's popular with motorcyclists, and it's known as a dangerous road, because people drive or ride too fast for the conditions.

Crewe AlexandraAlderley EdgeTatton Park Mansion

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