Tour de Yorkshire: Belgian breaks to victory in Sheffield

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.

Team Dimension Data's Serge Pauwels (left) wins Stage Three of the Tour de Yorkshire as team-mate Omar Fraile (right) finishes second.

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.

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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.”