Tour of Britain: Paterski in top 30

Maciej Paterski took 27th place on stage 3 of OVO Energy Tour of Britain, which was won by Caleb Ewan.

Info: Stage 3, 5th of September, Normanby Hall country park – Scunthorpe, 176,9km

Course: undulating

How it unfolded

Stage didn’t kick off the way CCC Sprandi Polkowice hoped, since one of Łukasz Owsian’s biggest opponents in his journey towards the KOM jersey, managed to slip into the 5-man breakaway. Graham Briggs (Team JLT Condor) broke clear alongside his teammate Ion Bibby, as well as Matthew Holmes (Madison Genesis), Harry Tanfield (BIKE Channel Canyon) and Peter Williams (ONE Pro Cycling). Briggs approached the stage with 17 points in his account, being only 4 points behind KOM classification leader from CCC Sprandi Polkowice.

With thee categorized climbs (all cat. 3) Owsian’s jersey was in jeopardy. Brit took full advantage of his presence in the break and dominated the competition at the sprints – he won all of them, including intermediate sprints, securing both most active and KOM jersey after stage 3.

For most of the rainy day, escape was maintaining around 3:30 lead, but their chances of outpacing the peloton were nonexistent. Last two escapees to get caught were Bibby and Williams and they both were reeled in with 11km to go.

Despite few brave solo attempts late in the stage, again it was all decided in bunch sprint. Maciej Paterski was led out by his teammates before the punchy finish, but was unable to materialize that effort, taking 27th place at the line. Caleb Ewan (Orica-Scott) claimed his second stage win, narrowly edging out Edvald Boasson Hagen (Dimension Data) and Alexander Kristoff (Katusha-Alpecin).