Newmarket to Aldeburgh 187km The race took off from the famous horse racing town of Newmarket. Having swapped thoroughbreds for bikes, the peloton departed Newmarket high street for 187km of racing towards Aldeburgh. It was another miserable morning for the peloton as the rain had started to fall just after the An Post Chain Reaction squad had signed on. Very early on in the proceedings, a breakaway went clear and began making a considerable advantage over the chasing peloton. With Lars Boom in the leader's jersey, Lotto NL Jumbo were on the front of the peloton throughout the stage ensuring the breakaway didn't get too far ahead.
In the break of seven riders was our own kiwi, Regan Gough. With 50km ridden, the leaders reached the first of the day's Eisberg Sprints. The gap to the peloton had grown to over 3 minutes and Gough took second at the sprint.
With less than 50km remaining of today's stage, the gap to the race leaders remained over 1'30.
At the 37km to go point, the gap to Regan and the 6 other breakaway riders had dropped to 1'30 as the teams began to work hard making sure the break was in reach for the finish.
With the stage once more catering towards the sprinters, the King of the Mountains points were earned by Shaw (Lotto Soudal) on the only categorised climb of the day in Snape. Regan was 3rd crossing the line.
With 7.7km to go the gap remained at 28'. An impressive ride by our youngest rider holding off a fiercely fast peloton intent on a bunch sprint.
The 5 breakaway riders still held off the peloton by 11 seconds with less than 4km to go and hopes were high that Regan and his companions would stay clear!
Regan jumped on his own with 3.7km to the finish! He was caught quite quickly but it was a valiant effort by a rider so young with the World Tour teams setting a huge tempo just seconds behind him.
The race wound up in the picturesque coastal town of Aldeburgh. Unfortunately, the cold wet weather meant grey skies but that didn't deter the huge crowds who made their way to the finish. Victory was once more Caleb Ewans.
Here's what our General Manager, Kurt Bogaerts, had to say, 'I'm very happy with how the guys rode today. It's great to see Scott in the Skoda King of the Mountains jersey. Having Regan in the breakaway taking some sprint points adds to the days success. Two days to go and we are confident that we can retain the Mountains jersey'.