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Tour of Britain: Zardini takes overall lead after stage-three win

Italy’s Edoardo Zardini timed his late break to perfection to win a summit finish at the end of the 179.9km third stage of the Tour of Britain in Wales.

Zardini pulled clear as the peloton tackled the ascent of The Tumble on the outskirts of Abergavenny to win by nine seconds from Michal Kwiatkowski.

The Bardiani-CSF rider’s victory takes him top of the general classification, 13 seconds clear of Kwiatkowski.

Defending champion Bradley Wiggins came home in fifth place, 14 seconds down.

The Team Sky rider is 24 seconds adrift of Zardini in the overall standings with five stages remaining.

Ireland’s Nicolas Roche (Tinkoff-Saxo) finished third on the stage out of Newtown and is also third in the GC, four seconds behind Polish Omega Pharma – Quick-Step rider Kwiatkowski.

Roche briefly moved ahead of Zardini as the pair battled at the front on the final climb but the Irishman had no response when the 24-year-old Italian kicked again to win in a time of 4 hours 35 minutes 2 seconds.

“It’s a fantastic day for me and the team,” Zardini told Eurosport. “I attacked at the bottom of the climb and finished strong at the end.

“The Tour of Britain has started in the best way. This is the most important result of my career. I am really happy.”

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Tour de France : S3 : Marcel Kittel Reigns at Buckingham Palace

With two victories in the first three days of the Tour, Marcel Kittel already looks unstoppable.

Marcel Kittel waits to pounce on the sprint for the finish at the Mall in London

As Buckingham Palace loomed behind him, he had the strength and confidence to lead out the sprint finish of the Tour’s third stage from 250 metres out and sped up the middle of the Mall, constantly looking underneath and back, as if inviting Peter Sagan, Mark Renshaw and Bryan Coquard to try to emerge from his slipstream and attempt to come past him.

They stood no chance as the slightly downhill finish favoured whoever launched his effort first and Kittel was perfectly delivered by his Giant-Shimano team, the most cohesive in the final kilometres this year. Sagan – fastest of the also-rans – finished almost two bike lengths behind.

The Slovak wears the green jersey, awarded to the most consistent rider in the race, but he is not the fastest man in the race, and that by some margin.

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