Alaphilippe first, while Bevin takes the lead 

Julian Alaphilippe was first to cross the finish line first during stage 3 of 2018 Tour of Britain.The stage was short at 125km but typical of the Tour of Britain with grippy and near-constantly undulating roads. Though a sizeable group made it to the finish – including Caleb Ewan (Mitchelton-Scott) – it was, as Bevin noted, a sprint that “almost happened in slow-motion”.

“I’m really really happy – like always when we win – but especially today because we tried since start of the race and today we knew it was a good opportunity,” said Alaphilippe.

“The team did a great job all day, they controlled the race – especially the finale With Bob we were together trying to attack or maybe sprint with me and in the end he did a perfect lead-out. I was also really happy to finish the job of my team with a nice victory.”

Tour of Britain stage three, Bristol to Bristol (128km)

1. Julian Alaphilippe (Quick Step Floors) in 2-47-41
2. Patrick Bevin (BMC)
3. Emils Liepins (One Pro Cycling)
4. Ethan Hayter (Great Britain)
5. Jasper De Buyst (Lotto-Soudal)
6. Connor Swift (Madison-Genesis)
7. Mads Würtz Schmidt (Katusha-Alpecin)
8. Jasha Sütterlin (Movistar)
9. Dion Smith (Wanty-Groupe Gobert)
10. Xandro Meurisse (Wanty-Groupe Gobert), at same time

With tomorrow’s stage looking like one for the sprinters, there is a chance that Bevin could open up a buffer if things go well in the team time trial, and then – following the style of Matej Mohoric – do everything in his will to cling on to the jersey in the final three stages.


Stage 4 Nuneaton to Royal Leamington Spa

Stage 4 Tour of Britain
Stage 4 Tour of Britain

General classification after stage three

1. Patrick Bevin (BMC) 11-03-11
2. Cameron Meyer (Mitchelton-Scott), at same time
3. Julian Alaphilippe (Quick Step Floors) at 2s
4. Jasha Sütterlin (Movistar) at 12s
5. Wout Poels (Team Sky)
6. Chris Hamilton (Team Sunweb)
7. Bob Jungels (Quick Step Floors)
8. Primož Roglič (LottoNL-Jumbo)
9. Hugh Carthy (EF-Drapac), at 19s
10. Scott Davies (Dimension Data) at 22s


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