Chris Hamilton maintained his sixth spot on GC after a fast finish to the third stage of the Tour of Britain, finishing in a select front group after the race splintered on the rolling run in to the line in Bristol.
It was a hectic opening to stage three of the OVO Tour of Britain, with a feisty battle for the breakaway run over the opening 65 kilometres. After Team Sunweb tried in an earlier move, and plenty more riders trying in between, four men snapped the elastic and the peloton allowed them to go clear. Their advantage stayed slim, never going above one minute. Team Sunweb remained well positioned in the peloton with Chris, well placed on GC after a fantastic effort yesterday.
With the race coming back together in the final 10 kilometres, the finale opened itself up for attacks, and it didn’t take long before riders started to roll the dice. On the third, and final, KOM of the 127.2 kilometres stage the decisive move came, sparking a split at the front of the race of 40 riders which went on to content the finish.
In the sprint for the line, with all riders on the limit, Chris came home in 20th to defend his GC spot, with Louis Vervaeke just behind in 29th.
After the stage, Chris told us: “It was a good day for us, despite a noticeable loss not having Eddie here but the team rode really well to keep me safe in what was a short and intense stage, so I could maintain my spot on GC.”
Team Sunweb coach Luke Roberts added: “It was a very fast stage today in Britain with a lot of attacking and aggressive racing, in the end a select group came into the final where we had both Chris and Louis present. Not a top day result for us in the end but Chris could maintain his 6th place on the GC and is showing some good form.”