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Mads Pedersen wins Vuelta stage 16 after drama for Roglic and Evenepoel

Mads Pedersen won a thrilling sprint at the end of stage 16 at the Vuelta a España as overall contender Primoz Roglic’s hopes of taking back time on Remco Evenepoel were hit by a crash metres from the line on Tuesday.

Roglic, bidding for a fourth successive overall victory, began the day 1min 34sec behind Evenepoel in second place and launched a stunning attack near the end of the 189km ride. The Slovenian poured on the power on the uphill finish in Tomares to split the race with only four other riders managing to stay with him. But as the finish line loomed, Roglic was overtaken and seconds later went down heavily with 100m to go.

Denmark’s Pedersen (Trek-Segafredo) took the win – his second of this year’s race –from Pascal Ackermann (UAE Team Emirates) and Danny van Poppel (Bora-Hansgrohe), with a bloodied Roglic getting gingerly back to his bike and limping over the line in the pursuing bunch.

Evenepoel himself appeared to have suffered a late puncture inside the final 3km and required a bike change. Initial timings suggested Roglic, despite his misfortune, had taken the red jersey with Evenepoel slipping down to third but that was soon revised with Evenepoel still on top.

He now leads – provisionally – by 1min 26sec from Roglic, with Enric Mas 2min 1sec down in third place.

Bonneu brings home Tour of Britain breakaway

Belgian Kamiel Bonneu produced a late attack to claim victory after a four-man breakaway on stage three of the Tour of Britain in Sunderland. Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise rider Bonneu, 23, made his move over the final kilometre to beat Ben Perry (Wiv SunGod), Alexandar Richardson (Saint Piran) and Mathijs Paasschens (Bingoal Pauwels Sauces WB) at Keel Square.

Kamiel Bonneu celebrates winning stage three of the Tour of Britain.
Kamiel Bonneu celebrates winning stage three of the Tour of Britain. Photograph: Simon Marper/PA

Starting at Durham and running over 163.6km via Chapel Fell in the northern Pennines, including a category three climb at High Moorsley, Tuesday’s course was expected to present a first conventional bunch sprint finish. However, after breaking clear on the approach to Tow Law, the four-man group took a three-and-a-half-minute lead over the peloton into the closing stages through heavy rain.

Although that was down to around a minute when heading into the final kilometre, the breakaway were not able to be pulled back in as Bonneau sprinted clear, with Perry just taking second in front of Richardson. Corbin Strong (Israel Premier Tech) retained the overall general classification lead, although now only ahead of Canadian Perry – who is on the same time – through bonus points. PA Media

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