Riders were greeted with typical wet British weather on day three of the Tour of Britain, as Dutchman Nils Eekhoff sprinted to a top ten finish in Newcastle.
Eekhoff made the best of a messy finale, which saw the Team Sunweb train disrupted by road furniture that put protected sprinter Cees Bol out of position in the final few hundred metres.
The 183.2 kilometre stage from Berwick-upon-Tweed to Newcastle-upon-Tyne, finished with a tough 700 metre uphill sprint to the line.
It was touch and go as to whether the day’s six rider breakaway would be caught in time for a bunch sprint, but the hungry peloton timed the catch to perfection and reeled the escapees in with only one kilometre remaining.
Early in the race, the breakaway had skipped ahead of a well-controlled peloton and were allowed a four minute gap to mop up all intermediate climb and sprint points on offer.