• Alexander Kamp pulls out all the stops to take the win in Stage 3 of the Tour de Yorkshire (Getty)Source: Getty
A wet and windy day introduced the peloton to the Yorkshire world championships course as the Tour de Yorkshire continued with a Stage 3 victory for Alexander Kamp (Riwal-Readnez) on the coastline near Scarborough.
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SBS Cycling Central

5 May 2019 - 8:06 AM 

Battling through the wind and ignoring the potential for waves to crash over the seawall and wash away the peloton, Kamp came around the strong leadout of Team Ineos to secure a narrow win.

"It was hard in the crosswinds but my team did a terrific job and I had some power left to finish it off at the end with a good sprint," said Kamp. "I didn't think too much and went with my instinct, and luckily I won.

"It was a fantastic victory and I'm in good shape so hopefully I can still be in contention tomorrow."

Chris Lawless (Team Ineos) was the runner-up with Greg van Avermaet (CCC) in third, and the British sprinter took the overall lead of the race after previous leader Jesper Asselman (Roompot-Charles) dropped off after crashing early in the race.

"I'm a bit disappointed about not winning the stage but it's always nice to be leading the race and this is a bonus for us," said new race leader Lawless.

"Tomorrow is a hard stage and I'm going quite well but I'm a sprinter, not a climber, and we'll have to see if it's beyond what I can do. I'll try my best to go until the end and we'll see how it goes."

The early break of the day led the way over the first two climbs of the course, but were back in the fold as the peloton ramped up the pace on the third ascent and the escapees were caught with 50 kilometres still to race. 

The peloton was progressively whittled down by a combination of short, sharp climbs and blustery crosswinds, with a group of 20 riders coming in to contest the finish.

CCC took the main responsibility for driving the move for van Avermaet, but it was Ineos and Lawless that looked most likely to take the victory, only for the party for the new sponsor to be spoiled by Kamp on the finish line.