Friday 24 May 2019

Dunbar in Giro frame after finishing third behind Lawless in Yorkshire

CCC's Greg Van Avermaet, Ineos' Chris Lawless and Ineos' Eddie Dunbar take to the podium. Photo: Bradley Collyer/PA Wire
CCC's Greg Van Avermaet, Ineos' Chris Lawless and Ineos' Eddie Dunbar take to the podium. Photo: Bradley Collyer/PA Wire

Gerard Cromwell

Eddie Dunbar put in a storming ride on the final stage of the Tour of Yorkshire yesterday to take third place overall and help Team Ineos team-mate Chris Lawless become the first British winner of the four-day stage race.

Lying ninth overall, just ten seconds down at the start of the stage, Corkman Dunbar was one of four Team Ineos riders, including overnight leader Lawless and Chris Froome, who went into the final stage with hopes of overall victory.

With a nine-man breakaway group dangling half a minute up the road, Froome split the peloton with an attack on the final climb of the day, with around 20km remaining.

With Froome reeled in, Dunbar counter-attacked 5km later and powered his way across to the last three remnants of the breakaway before dropping them on the run in to Leeds. Greg van Avermaet (CCC) then jumped clear of the chase group with just over 5km to go, bringing Lawless across to Dunbar.

With second-placed Alexander Kamp (Riwal-Readynez) closing in behind, Dunbar rode selflessly to ensure team-mate and race leader Lawless stayed clear to the line.

"I knew I just had to follow Greg. I didn't do a turn getting across to Eddie and then as soon as we got there I just told Eddie to ride. I knew even if I got second I'd still win overall," said a delighted Lawless.

Van Avermaet took the sprint ahead of Lawless, with Dunbar third, ensuring Lawless took overall glory from by two seconds with Dunbar 11 seconds down in third place.

With Egan Bernal and Gianni Moscon both out of the upcoming Giro d'Italia team, Dunbar could now be selected for his first Grand Tour on Saturday where he would join Conor Dunne who was named on the Israel Cycling Academy team.

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