Tour de Yorkshire 2018 Stage 3

Cycling

ByTheMinCycle

Good afternoon all! @TimBonvilleGinn LIVE here in beautiful, hot, Scarborough! I'm based in Scarborough Cricket Stadium today but will be down at the finish once again to try and get interviews. We're yet to officially start. Still on the role out at the moment.

We are racing and the attacks go off straight away. Mike Cuming and Loic Chetout trying to get away but they're pulled back. 179km to go. Cofidis and One Pro have a rider each up the road.

Madison Genesis, Jonny McEvoy and Dexter Gardius for Canyon Eisberg. Small crash involving Hortyn, Morice, McCormick and I think Weening. Everyone is okay.

The peloton is strung out at the moment. As I type that it compacts again. Astana all on the front, really, for the first time in this race aside from when Nielsen took the lead yesterday. Vitus send a rider attack up the road now. They need to get a rider up there.

Up the road it Le Turnier and Williams. Small groups chasing, ones and twos. McEvoy, De Greef and Kenway chasing. BMC try and get a man up there so that's marked by Astana. Its all tactics.

Right, we have our break! Le Turnier, Williams, McEvoy, De Greef and Kenway. Nice shape up there, seems a pretty standard break. Nobody really like Baylis, Slater, Cuming and Tanfield like stage 1. But Williams and McEvoy have been great in the past sp I may eat my words. 172km to go with a 1'47".

Just coming through Leyburn. Lovely place, famed, in my mind, for having the incredibly confusing and great fun Forbidden Corner! If you're ever in the area I can't stress how good fun a day out there is! Wonderfully magical. There you are Forbidden Corner, free ad without them even asking.

The peloton are making sure that the break doesn't get a bigger gap up the road. Holding the gap at 2'30" with 167km to go. Astana are very much controlling this. They've had a habit of doing this when they have a leaders jerseys.

Astana have a very strong team. Korsaeth, Gatto, Minali and De Vreese around Cort Nielsen at the moment. Moreno Moser is the other excellent rider. 158km to go, 2'19" gap.

Incredible crowds in the Yorkshire sunshine today - as seen from the Dimension Data team bus here: