Tour de Yorkshire: Belgian breaks to victory in Sheffield

Team Dimension Data's Serge Pauwels (left) wins Stage Three of the Tour de Yorkshire as team-mate Omar Fraile (right) finishes second.
Team Dimension Data's Serge Pauwels (left) wins Stage Three of the Tour de Yorkshire as team-mate Omar Fraile (right) finishes second.
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Belgian Serge Pauwels, a Grand Tour domestique for Dimension Data, broke clear over the final climbs into Sheffield to take overall victory at the Tour de Yorkshire.

Pauwels claimed the crowning moment of a career spent supporting the top names on the world’s biggest stages with a gutsy break 11km from home.

Pauwels’ team-mate Omar Fraile of Spain came home second ahead of Frenchman Jonathan Hivert, and the win itself owed much to the team dynamic at Dimension Data, embodied by their Yorkshire-born Classics specialist Scott Thwaites.

Thwaites, who admitted to having ‘butterflies’ when the race swept through his hometown of Burley-in-Wharfedale earlier in the stage, took his turn on the front over those brutal final climbs in the last 16km.

“Everybody contributed to the win and to get a one-two is really immpressive,” said Thwaites.

“There were a lot of dangerous teams so it was down to me to control the group and I managed to slim it down to 25 riders, which was the idea.

“We had four riders in there so we had plenty of options.”