Lawless delivers victory for Team Ineos in Yorkshire

2019-05-05 19:18
Cycling (File)

London - Britain's Chris Lawless delivered a first race success for Team Ineos as he sealed overall victory in the Tour de Yorkshire on Sunday.

Greg Van Avermaet, last year's overall winner, took the win on stage four from Halifax to Leeds, but had Lawless, in the race leader's blue jersey, on his wheel as the 23-year-old celebrated the first stage-race victory of his career.

It was also a first win for Ineos, the new-look Team Sky following billionaire businessman Jim Ratcliffe's buyout, with the team only officially relaunched on Wednesday ahead of the race.

Lawless's final margin of victory was just two seconds over Olympic champion Van Avermaet.

Ineos had brought the 175km stage through the Yorkshire Dales to life with a double attack.

Four-time Tour de France winner Chris Froome went first, drawing out Van Avermaet and Alexander Kamp, who started the day level on time with Lawless, before Eddie Dunbar moved again.

The Irishman was in position to win the race himself as they moved into the final five kilometres before Van Avermaet stepped up the chase.

Lawless followed, however, meaning Van Avermaet had to make do with a stage win while the blue jersey stayed on Lawless's shoulders.

"I can't believe it," Lawless told ITV 4.

"If someone had told me I'd win this race before it started I'd have called them a liar."

"I knew I could follow Greg van Avermaet when he went," he added.

"Greg was someone I looked up to when I first started riding so to beat him is special.

"I've got to thank the team for backing me because I don't have a good history on stages like this but they said they'd give me a chance."

Stage results and final overall standings in the Tour de Yorkshire after the concluding 175km stage from Halifax to Leeds on Sunday:

Stage results 

1. Greg Van Avermaet (BEL/CCC Team) 4hrs 40mins 3sec, 2. Christopher Lawless (GBR/Team Ineos) same time, 3. Edward Dunbar (IRL/Team Ineos) at 2sec, 4. Tom-Jelte Slagter (NED/Dimension Data) at 9sec, 5. James Shaw (GBR/Swiftcarbon Pro Cycling) s.t., 6. Matthew Holmes (GBR/Madison Genesis) s.t., 7. Alexander Kamp (DEN/Riwal Readynez), 8. Gabriel Cullaigh (GBR/Team Wiggins Lecol) at 12sec, 9. Jenthe Biermans (BEL/Katusha-Alpecin) s.t., 10. Scott Thwaites (GBR/Vitus Pro Cycling)   

Overall final classification

1. Christopher Lawless (GBR/Team Ineos) 15hrs 18mins 12sec, 2. Greg Van Avermaet (BEL/CCC Team) at 2sec, 3. Edward Dunbar (IRL/Team Ineos) at 11sec, 4. Alexander Kamp (DEN/Riwal Readynez) at 15sec, 5. James Shaw (GBR/Swiftcarbon Pro Cycling) at 25sec, 6. Matthew Holmes (GBR/Madison Genesis) s.t., 7. Tom-Jelte Slagter (NED/Dimension Data) s.t., 8. Scott Thwaites (GBR/Vitus Pro Cycling) at 28sec, 9. Connor Swift (GBR/Madison Genesis) s.t., 10. Nick van der Lijke (NED/Roompot-Charles) s.t.

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