• Caleb Ewan got low and fast to win again at the Tour of Britain. (Getty)Source: Getty
Caleb Ewan has recorded his second victory in the opening three stages of the Tour of Britain to retake the overall lead.
Cycling Central

6 Sep 2017 - 8:01 AM  UPDATED 6 Sep 2017 - 8:02 AM

The Orica-Scott rider beat Edvald Boasson Hagen (Dimension Data) by less than a wheel's width in a sprint finish in Scunthorpe. Alexander Kristoff (Katusha) was third.

Ewan, who also won the first stage, moved six seconds clear of overnight leader Elia Viviani of Team Sky, who finished seventh in the bunch sprint.

"Today was a tough day obviously with the weather,” said Ewan after the rainy conditions that swept the North Lincolnshire leg of the Tour. "So it wasn't as straight forward as we would have hoped and I think it made it a bit harder.”

"We had to sit at the front all day, taking a bit of the wind and then with the hill coming up close to the finish line that made it a bit tricky as well.”

The bunch brought back the remains of the day's breakaway with around 15-kilometres of racing to go, with Philippe Gilbert then causing panic among the sprinters teams by jumping clear on the drag up to the line.

"After Gilbert went, I was pretty confident in Luka Mezgec, he knows what he is doing so I could just follow him,” Ewan continued. "He had to go pretty much full gas as soon as he started the lead out so that made it harder for me as well."

"To be honest, I was on his wheel and pretty pinned. As soon as he swung off I just gave it my all and did a big lunge for the line and luckily I just got the win ahead of Eddie.”