Belfast Telegraph

Graham takes stage three after trio give pack the slip

By Mark McCullough

Spirit Tifosi's Rupert Graham snatched victory on the line from Lindsay Watson (Powerhouse Sport) on stage three of the Dixon's Tour of the North cycle race over 65 miles of the Roguery circuit in Co Antrim yesterday, with Jack Stanton completing the podium.

The three riders were part of a group of five who gave the bunch the slip over the last ascent of Roguery, pushing ahead to the lime.

Leader after stage two, Marcus Burnett of English outfit Spirit Tifosi, finished 20 seconds back, coming in with the second group on the road.

This means that the ever-present Jack Stanton takes over the yellow leader's jersey going into today's final stage over Torr.

The King of the Mountains Jersey was retained by Spirit Tifosi's Charlie Passfield.

He snatched three points on the last ascent of Roguery to keep the jersey by the same margin ahead of young gun Brendan Flanagan (Powerhouse Sport).

Nineteen-year-old Marcus Burnett hangs on to the top young rider's jersey for another day.

Darnell Moore of Caldwell Cycles is just five seconds adrift, however, and there are six other under 23 riders who are just over a minute behind so this will be a big battle on stage four.

The race begins in Galgorm at 9.45am.

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