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Wednesday 13 December 2017

Roche third in Britain

ITALY'S Eduardo Zardini emerged triumphant from the gruelling climb of The Tumble to claim victory in stage three of the Tour of Britain yesterday and the overall leader's yellow jersey.

Ireland's Nicolas Roche (Tinkoff-Saxo) had moved ahead of Zardini (Bardiani-CSF) as the pair battled at the front on the summit finish, but Roche was subsequently overtaken by his rival, who exhibited perfect timing as he broke clear to win by nine seconds.

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Roche eventually came in third, 11 seconds back, with Pole Michal Kwiatkowski (Omega Pharma-QuickStep) taking second place.

Dylan Teuns of Belgium (BMC Racing Team) was fourth, while defending champion Bradley Wiggins (Team Sky) was fifth, 14 seconds back.

The Briton has now moved from 10 to 24 seconds off the top in the general classification, which sees Zardini 13 seconds clear of second-placed Kwiatkowski.

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