Tour of Britain: Ineos Grenadiers win team time trial

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Ineos Grenadiers won the Tour of Britain TTT (Image credit: Getty Images)
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Mark Cavendish leads the line in the Tour of Britain TTT (Image credit: Getty Images)
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Swiftcarbon Pro Cycling in action in the Tour of Britain team time trial (Image credit: Getty Images)
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The Ribble Weldtite team go fast in the Tour of Britain team time trial (Image credit: Getty Images)
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The Ribble Weldtite team are lined out during the Tour of Britain team time trial (Image credit: Getty Images)
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Jumbo-Visma in action at the Tour of Britain team time trial (Image credit: Getty Images)
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Andre Greipel leads Israel Start-Up Nation in the Tour of Britain TTT (Image credit: Getty Images)
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The Jumbo-Visma team at speed in the Tour of Britain TTT (Image credit: Getty Images)
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Ineos Grenadiers take the win on stage 3 of the Tour of Britain after the team time trial. (Image credit: SWPix.com)
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Canyon dhb SunGod’s Jacob Scott retains the Eisberg sprints jersey (Image credit: SWPix.com)
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Team Jumbo Visma on the team time trial (Image credit: SWPix.com)
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Ineos Grenadiers’ Ethan Hayter takes the AJ Bell leader’s jersey after the team time trial. (Image credit: SWPix.com)
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Israel Startup-Nation’s Dan Martin. (Image credit: SWPix.com)
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Alex Dowsett with his child at the start of stage 3 (Image credit: SWPix.com)
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Rally Cycling with leader Robin Carpenter during the TTT (Image credit: SWPix.com)
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Ethan Hayter takes the Sportsbreaks points jersey after the team time trial. (Image credit: SWPix.com)
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Canyon dhb SunGod’s Jacob Scott retains the Skoda King of the Mountains jersey. (Image credit: SWPix.com)
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Ineos Grenadiers start the TTT (Image credit: SWPix.com)
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Rally Cycling start the TTT (Image credit: SWPix.com)
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Mark Cavendish holds the Movistar rider on the start ramp (Image credit: SWPix.com)

Ineos Grenadiers claimed a home victory in the stage 3 team time trial at the Tour of Britain, moving Ethan Hayter into the overall lead. 

The British team clocked 20:22 on the rolling and technical 18.1-kilometre course in South Wales, beating Julian Alaphilippe’s Deceuninck-QuickStep by some 17 seconds, having been tied for time at the half-way mark. 

Jumbo-Visma finished third at 20 seconds but were left to wonder what might have been after Pascal Eenkoorn suffered a puncture in the final kilometre, leaving Wout van Aert, Tony Martin, and George Bennett to freewheel to the line looking around for the fourth rider they needed for their time to be registered. 

Rally Cycling were the last team to start but finished well down on Ineos’ time in 11th place and so stage 2 winner Robin Carpenter had to hand over the leader’s jersey to Hayter. 

The in-form 22-year-old Briton, who was fourth on the opening day and second on stage 2, established himself as the leader of the race and the leader of his own team, as Michał Kwiatkowski, who had been billed as a co-leader, was dropped from the train on the short climb in the latter phase of the course. 

Owain Doull had just been dropped at the base of the climb, but they still had three big engines in Rohan Dennis, Richie Porte and Carlos Rodríguez, before Hayter himself dragged the quartet to the line. 

“All six riders gave everything. We all rode a really good TTT, and that’s really satisfying to see,” said the new race leader.

Deceuninck-QuickStep, who set off earlier, had matched Ineos’ pace on the first half of the course but were slower on the climb. They sacrificed Tim Declercq and Davide Ballerini before Alaphilippe came to the line alongside Mark Cavendish, Yves Lampaert and Mikel Honoré. 

At the time, they’d beaten Jumbo-Visma’s benchmark by three seconds, forcing Van Aert and his teammates to curse their misfortune. When Ineos bettered their time by 20 seconds, the question of whether it had cost them the stage win was a little less clear cut, but it did cost Van Aert precious time in the overall standings. 

In any case, it was an impressive ride, as they started with just five riders after losing Chris Harper on stage 2 and then carried a virtual passenger in the form of youngster Gils Leemreize. They lost just 10 seconds to Ineos in the second half of the parcours, even accounting for the puncture. 

There was a gap of another 20 seconds back to Israel Start-Up Nation in fourth, while Team DSM and Alpecin-Fenix tied for time at 57 seconds to take fourth and fifth, as the only other teams within a minute of Ineos’ time. 

In the overall standings, Ineos have a one-two, with Hayter leading Dennis by six seconds. Van Aert, who picked up bonus seconds for his stage 1 win, is third at 16 seconds, ahead of Alaphilippe at 23 seconds. 

Israel Start-Up Nation’s leaders Michael Woods and Dan Martin are in seventh and eighth while Alpecin-Fenix also have two riders in the top 10 in Kristian Sbaragli and Xandro Meurisse.

“It’ll be very hard leading this race with five days left,” Hayter said. 

“It’s going to be super tough racing and it’ll be really hard to control. We’re up against it but it’s better to have 16 second than be behind by 16 seconds.”

How it unfolded

The Saint Piran team, local to the Cornwall region where the race started on Sunday, got stage 3 underway as the first team down the start ramp in South Wales. 

They clocked 22:56 and bettered the next team on the road, Swift Carbon, who suffered a mechanical, by six seconds, but it was a different British team who set the first real benchmark. Ribble-Weldtite, with James Shaw and aerodynamicist Dan Bigham in their ranks, went more than a minute quicker, stopping the clock at 21:31. 

After Global 6, the Great Britain national team, and Caja Rural had set off, Jumbo-Visma lined up as the first WorldTour team on the start ramp. The Dutch squad had just five riders at their disposal, with Chris Harper having crashed out the previous day, and it soon became apparent they were effectively riding as a quartet, as youngster Gils Leemreize remained glued to the back of the line. They suffered another setback in the final kilometre when Eenkhoorn punctured, forcing Van Aert, Martin, and Bennett to freewheel to the finish while looking around for their teammate.

Despite the setback, and despite having not been much clear of Ribble-Weldtite at the half-way mark, they beat the best time by some 49 seconds to clock 20:42. However, the cost of the puncture soon became apparent when Deceuninck-QuickStep went through the half-way mark seven seconds up and then reached the finish three seconds up, with Alaphilippe, Cavendish, Lampaert, and Honoré their finishing four. 

Israel Start-Up Nation had suffered a mechanical of their own, losing Andre Greipel to a saddle problem, and they finished 29 second down, just after Trinity Racing had made themselves the second best of the British teams. 

Qhubeka-NextHash fell apart in the latter phases of their rider, apparently due to Mauro Schmidt crashing. The Swiss youngster, who won a stage of this year’s Giro d’Italia, couldn’t hold the wheel and crossed the line with blood on his knee after an utterly ragged final two kilometres from the team’s final four riders. They ended up finishing more than two minutes in arrears of Deceuninck-QuickStep. 

After Canyon-DhB had set 22:24, Arkéa-Samsic set off with a bare four riders, having only brought five to the race and then losing Bram Welten on the opening day. They remained cohesive but couldn’t get anywhere near Deceuninck-QuickStep, at 1:10 down. 

Alpecin-Fenix lost Silvan Dillier from their final four but went fourth fastest at 40 seconds, but that didn’t last long as Team DSM came home and nudged them out by a fraction of a second. 

Ineos Grenadiers, with Ethan Hayter wearing a light blue skin suit as leader of the points classification, were the penultimate team down the ramp, just ahead of the Rally Cycling squad of stage 2 winner and overall leader Robin Carpenter. Ineos quickly put themselves right into the mix, equalling Deceuninck-QuickStep’s time at the checkpoint, where they still had all six riders. However, as they hit the climb, they were quickly down to five, with Owain Doull immediately losing contact and then Kwiatkowski falling away further up. It turned out to be well-paced as the final four remained glued together on the dip down and the final couple of flat kilometres, with Hayter producing another final injection of pace to bring them to the line. 

Rally Cycling were the only team left out on the course but it was soon apparent that they would get nowhere near Ineos’ time and that Carpenter would be handing over the leader’s jersey after one day in navy blue.

Full Results
Pos. Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Ineos Grenadiers 0:20:22
2 Deceuninck-QuickStep 0:00:17
3 Team Jumbo-Visma 0:00:20
4 Israel Start-up Nation 0:00:43
5 Team DSM 0:00:57
6 Alpecin-Fenix
7 Movistar Team 0:01:08
8 Ribble Weldtite Pro Cycling 0:01:09
9 Trinity Racing 0:01:24
10 Team Arkea-Samsic 0:01:28
11 Rally Cycling 0:01:32
12 Great Britain – GBR 0:01:57
13 Canyon dhb SunGod 0:02:02
14 Qhubeka NextHash 0:02:20
15 Caja Rural-Seguros RGA 0:02:25
16 Saint Piran 0:02:32
17 SwiftCarbon Pro Cycling 0:02:38
18 Global 6 Cycling 0:02:56

General classification after stage 3
Pos. Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Ethan Hayter (GBr) Ineos Grenadiers 9:40:21
2 Rohan Dennis (Aus) Ineos Grenadiers 0:00:06
3 Wout Van Aert (Bel) Jumbo-Visma 0:00:16
4 Julian Alaphilippe (Fra) Deceuninck-QuickStep 0:00:23
5 Mikkel Honoré (Den) Deceuninck-QuickStep
6 Pascal Eenkhoorn (Ned) Jumbo-Visma 0:00:38
7 Michael Woods (Can) Israel Start-up Nation 0:00:49
8 Daniel Martin (Irl) Israel Start-up Nation
9 Kristian Sbaragli (Ita) Alpecin-Fenix 0:01:03
10 Xandro Meurisse (Bel) Alpecin-Fenix
11 Mark Donovan (GBr) Team DSM
12 Robin Carpenter (USA) Rally Cycling 0:01:06
13 Gonzalo Serrano Rodriguez (Spa) Movistar Team 0:01:10
14 Matteo Jorgenson (USA) Movistar Team 0:01:14
15 James Shaw (GBr) Ribble Weldtite Pro Cycling 0:01:15
16 Nicolas Roche (Irl) Team DSM
17 Carlos Rodriguez Cano (Spa) Ineos Grenadiers 0:01:20
18 Matthew Gibson (GBr) Ribble Weldtite Pro Cycling 0:01:27
19 Richie Porte (Aus) Ineos Grenadiers 0:01:28
20 Connor Swift (GBr) Team Arkea-Samsic 0:01:34
21 Maxime Bouet (Fra) Team Arkea-Samsic
22 Silvan Dillier (Swi) Alpecin-Fenix 0:01:41
23 Michal Kwiatkowski (Pol) Ineos Grenadiers 0:01:42
24 Yves Lampaert (Bel) Deceuninck-QuickStep
25 George Bennett (NZl) Jumbo-Visma 0:01:48
26 Colin Joyce (USA) Rally Cycling 0:01:50
27 Gavin Mannion (USA) Rally Cycling
28 Owain Doull (GBr) Ineos Grenadiers 0:01:54
29 Lukasz Owsian (Pol) Team Arkea-Samsic 0:01:57
30 Thomas Gloag (GBr) Trinity Racing 0:01:59
31 Rory Townsend (Irl) Canyon DHB Sungod 0:02:08
32 Mason Hollyman (GBr) Israel Cycling Academy 0:02:11
33 Max Kanter (Ger) Team DSM 0:02:25
34 Giacomo Nizzolo (Ita) Team Qhubeka Assos 0:02:27
35 Simon Clarke (Aus) Team Qhubeka Assos
36 Marc Soler (Spa) Movistar Team 0:02:37
37 Alex Peters (GBr) Swiftcarbon Pro Cycling 0:02:40
38 Joel Nicolau Beltran (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA 0:02:43
39 Nickolas Zukowsky (Can) Rally Cycling 0:02:52
40 Joey Rosskopf (USA) Rally Cycling 0:02:59
41 Max Walker (GBr) Trinity Racing 0:03:10
42 Michal Paluta (Pol) Global 6 Cycling 0:03:14
43 Christopher Blevins (USA) Trinity Racing
44 Robert Doonaldson (GBr) Great Britain 0:03:17
45 Ethan Vernon (GBr) Great Britain 0:03:25
46 Maximilian Stedman (GBr) Canyon DHB Sungod 0:03:30
47 Mauro Schmid (Swi) Team Qhubeka Assos 0:03:49
48 Sergio Roman Martin Galan (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA 0:03:53
49 Steve Lampier (GBr) Saint Piran 0:04:00
50 Ryan Christensen (NZl) Canyon DHB Sungod 0:04:12
51 Tim Declercq (Bel) Deceuninck-QuickStep 0:04:22
52 Dario Cataldo (Ita) Movistar Team 0:05:03
53 Josu Etxeberria Azpilikueta (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA 0:05:04
54 David Gonzalez Lopez (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA 0:05:05
55 Davide Ballerini (Ita) Deceuninck-QuickStep 0:05:11
56 Alex Richardson (GBr) Alpecin-Fenix 0:05:12
57 Oliver Stockwell (GBr) Great Britain 0:05:16
58 James Mitri (NZl) Global 6 Cycling 0:05:21
59 Carlos Barbero (Spa) Team Qhubeka Assos 0:05:29
60 Alex Dowsett (GBr) Israel Start-up Nation 0:06:08
61 Reto Hollenstein (Swi) Israel Start-up Nation 0:08:19
62 Ben Tulett (GBr) Alpecin-Fenix 0:08:33
63 Ben Healy (Irl) Trinity Racing 0:09:14
64 Kyle Murphy (USA) Rally Cycling 0:09:41
65 Jacob Scott (GBr) Canyon DHB Sungod 0:11:55
66 Sean Bennett (USA) Team Qhubeka Assos 0:12:09
67 Jon Barrenetxea Golzarri (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA 0:13:21
68 Gijs Leemreize (Ned) Jumbo-Visma 0:15:23
69 Hans Becking (Ned) Global 6 Cycling 0:15:43
70 Tony Martin (Ger) Jumbo-Visma 0:16:13
71 Jimmy Janssens (Bel) Alpecin-Fenix 0:17:31
72 André Greipel (Ger) Israel Start-up Nation 0:17:48
73 Romain Combaud (Fra) Team DSM 0:18:39
74 Mark Cavendish (GBr) Deceuninck-QuickStep 0:18:42
75 Nícolas Sessler (Bra) Global 6 Cycling 0:19:12
76 Luke Lamperti (USA) Trinity Racing 0:19:17
77 Thomas Mein (GBr) Canyon DHB Sungod 0:19:29
78 Gruffudd Lewis (GBr) Ribble Weldtite Pro Cycling 0:19:34
79 Gabriel Cullaigh (GBr) Movistar Team 0:19:39
80 Nils Eekhoff (Ned) Team DSM 0:20:27
81 Nicholas Dlamini (RSA) Team Qhubeka Assos
82 Leon Mazzone (GBr) Saint Piran 0:20:55
83 Ollie Peckover (GBr) Swiftcarbon Pro Cycling 0:21:03
84 Ross Lamb (GBr) Swiftcarbon Pro Cycling
85 Jokin Murguialday (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA 0:22:09
86 Rhys Britton (GBr) Great Britain 0:22:49
87 Tim Naberman (Ned) Team DSM 0:22:50
88 William Bjergfelt (GBr) Swiftcarbon Pro Cycling 0:22:57
89 Daniel Bigham (GBr) Ribble Weldtite Pro Cycling 0:25:42
90 Daniel McLay (GBr) Team Arkea-Samsic 0:26:01
91 Matthew Bostock (GBr) Canyon DHB Sungod 0:26:35
92 Bradley Symonds (GBr) Saint Piran 0:27:05
93 Oliver Maxwell (GBr) Saint Piran
94 Christopher Latham (GBr) Swiftcarbon Pro Cycling 0:27:11
95 Juri Hollmann (Ger) Movistar Team 0:28:10
96 Andrew Turner (GBr) Swiftcarbon Pro Cycling 0:28:11
97 Simon Wilson (GBr) Ribble Weldtite Pro Cycling 0:28:55
98 Ross Holland (GBr) Saint Piran 0:29:32
99 Charles Page (GBr) Ribble Weldtite Pro Cycling 0:33:07
100 William Tiball (GBr) Great Britain 0:35:30
101 Tom Mazzone (GBr) Saint Piran 0:36:05
102 Max Rushby (GBr) Great Britain 0:37:24
103 Tim Edvard Pettersen (Nor) Global 6 Cycling 0:39:15

Points classification
Pos. Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Ethan Hayter (GBr) Ineos Grenadiers 26
2 Rory Townsend (Irl) Canyon DHB Sungod 21
3 Julian Alaphilippe (Fra) Deceuninck-QuickStep 19
4 Wout Van Aert (Bel) Jumbo-Visma 15
5 Robin Carpenter (USA) Rally Cycling 15
6 Giacomo Nizzolo (Ita) Team Qhubeka Assos 15
7 Gonzalo Serrano Rodriguez (Spa) Movistar Team 14
8 Nils Eekhoff (Ned) Team DSM 14
9 Kristian Sbaragli (Ita) Alpecin-Fenix 13
10 Alex Peters (GBr) Swiftcarbon Pro Cycling 13
11 Mikkel Honoré (Den) Deceuninck-QuickStep 12
12 Max Kanter (Ger) Team DSM 12
13 Michael Woods (Can) Israel Start-up Nation 10
14 James Shaw (GBr) Ribble Weldtite Pro Cycling 9
15 Ethan Vernon (GBr) Great Britain 8
16 Xandro Meurisse (Bel) Alpecin-Fenix 7
17 Robert Doonaldson (GBr) Great Britain 5
18 Colin Joyce (USA) Rally Cycling 4
19 Michal Paluta (Pol) Global 6 Cycling 3
20 Matteo Jorgenson (USA) Movistar Team 2
21 Matthew Gibson (GBr) Ribble Weldtite Pro Cycling 2
22 Connor Swift (GBr) Team Arkea-Samsic 1

Mountains classification
Pos. Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Jacob Scott (GBr) Canyon DHB Sungod 27
2 Robin Carpenter (USA) Rally Cycling 15
3 Nícolas Sessler (Bra) Global 6 Cycling 12
4 Nicholas Dlamini (RSA) Team Qhubeka Assos 8
5 Max Walker (GBr) Trinity Racing 8
6 Oliver Stockwell (GBr) Great Britain 4
7 Leon Mazzone (GBr) Saint Piran 4
8 William Bjergfelt (GBr) Swiftcarbon Pro Cycling 4
9 Silvan Dillier (Swi) Alpecin-Fenix 3
10 Richie Porte (Aus) Ineos Grenadiers 2
11 Michal Kwiatkowski (Pol) Ineos Grenadiers 1
12 Mason Hollyman (GBr) Israel Cycling Academy 1
13 Joey Rosskopf (USA) Rally Cycling 1
14 Gijs Leemreize (Ned) Jumbo-Visma 1

Sprints classification
Pos. Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Jacob Scott (GBr) Canyon DHB Sungod 12
2 Robin Carpenter (USA) Rally Cycling 9
3 Max Walker (GBr) Trinity Racing 4
4 Leon Mazzone (GBr) Saint Piran 2
5 Joey Rosskopf (USA) Rally Cycling 1
6 Oliver Stockwell (GBr) Great Britain 1
7 Nícolas Sessler (Bra) Global 6 Cycling 1

Teams classification
Pos. Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Ineos Grenadiers 28:20:37
2 Team DSM 0:01:09
3 Alpecin-Fenix
4 Movistar Team 0:01:20
5 Deceuninck-QuickStep 0:01:36
6 Rally Cycling 0:01:43
7 Team Arkea-Samsic 0:01:51
8 Team Jumbo-Visma 0:01:54
9 Israel Start-up Nation 0:02:05
10 Canyon dhb SunGod 0:02:26
11 Trinity Racing 0:02:54
12 Qhubeka NextHash 0:03:05
13 Caja Rural-Seguros RGA 0:05:05
14 Great Britain – GBR 0:06:33
15 Global 6 Cycling 0:18:08
16 Ribble Weldtite Pro Cycling 0:19:40
17 SwiftCarbon Pro Cycling 0:33:38
18 Saint Piran 0:46:40

Patrick Fletcher

Deputy Editor – Europe. Patrick joined Cyclingnews after a work experience stint in 2015 and hasn’t left. Prior to that, he studied French and Spanish at university and went on to train as a journalist. Rides his bike to work but more comfortable on a football pitch.

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