The Aviva Tour of Britain arrived in Scotland yesterday and stage three ended with a third different rider in the leader’s yellow jersey.
The Italian Elia Viviani (Team Sky) – winner on the opening day – repeated that success when he sprinted to victory in the grounds of Floors Castle at the end of the 216-kilometre haul from Cockermouth, edging out Spain’s Juan Jose Lobato of Movistar and another Italian, Matteo Trentin of Etixx Quick Step. However, the overnight leader, Trentin’s team-mate Petr Vakoc, crashed four kilometres from the finish and struggled home ten minutes down on the winner, allowing Lobato to assume the lead in the general classification as the riders prepared for the start of today’s stage from Edinburgh to Blyth.
East Lothian rider Evan Oliphant (Team Raleigh-GAC), contesting his ninth Tour of Britain, finished comfortably in the middle of the field, 13 seconds down on Viviani and went into today’s ride confident of being involved in any early breakaway on his local roads.
Meanwhile, Edinburgh’s James McCallum continued to enjoy success in his role as sporting director for the ONE Pro Team, with Pete Williams taking the lead in the Yodel sprints competition.