Grenadiers storm to TTT victory

07 Sep 2021

Grenadiers storm to TTT victory

Tour of Britain stage 3 (TTT): Carmarthenshire (Llandeilo) › Carmarthenshire (National Botanic Garden of Wales), 18.2km.

The INEOS Grenadiers put in a tremendous team trial performance to storm to victory on stage three of the Tour of Britain. 

The Grenadiers were 17 second faster than nearest rivals Deuceunick-Quick-step, which ensured Ethan Hayter moved into the race lead overall, with Rohan Dennis now second, six second behind. 

A fine display from the team saw them start strongly and maintain their pace throughout, they had the joint-best intermediate time at the halfway point and then pushed on in the second half of the TTT to take the stage victory. 

Wout van Aert's Jumbo-Visma team were third on the stage and he is the nearest rival to Hayter, 16 seconds behind the Londoner with five stages remaining. 


Ethan Hayter

"All six riders gave everything and we pulled off a really good team time trial so that’s really satisfying. It was a tough, rolling course and it hurt quite a lot! The key for us is to hold speed as best as possible, keep taking turns and keep it as efficient as possible Rohan and Kwiato are the most experienced team time trial riders in the team and they really set us up and set the best example. 

"It's going to be really hard racing for the remaining five stages and super tough to control too, as we saw on stage two. We’re going to be up against it, but it’s better to be ahead by 16 seconds instead of 16 seconds behind."
Stage three result

1. INEOS Grenadiers 20:22
2. Deceuninck - Quick-Step +17"
3. Team Jumbo-Visma +20"
4. Israel Start-Up Nation +43"
5. Team DSM +57"

Overall standings:

1. Ethan Hayter (INEOS Grenadiers) 9:40:21
2. Rohan Dennis (INEOS Grenadiers) +6
3. Wout Van Aert (Jumbo-Visma) +16"
4. Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck - Quick-Step) +23"
5. Mikkel Honore (Deceuninck - Quick-Step) s.t.