Despite his continued efforts to take a fourth victory to his 2015 season, Juanjo Lobato saw his consistence performance in the final races of the season and seek for stage success in the Tour of Britain rewarded, as he took over the leader's jersey following stage three, a long, 216km trek from Cockermouth to Kelso in Scotland.

After a convincing 2nd place on Monday, taking two seconds on the whole peloton, behind escapee Petr Vakoc (EQS), Movistar Team put efforts at the front of the field together with Etixx to seize a six-man breakaway which wasn't caught until the final 3km. Just before that 'safety zone', the race leader suffered a crash which, combined with Lobato's second spot behind Viviani (SKY), brought him to the lead with a 10-second margin over Boasson Hagen (MTN).

The squad directed by José Luis Jaimerena will try to defend Lobato's yellow tomorrow in another long day (217km), though relatively easier through Scotland, before the GC is defined on Thursday's mountain-top finish in Hartside.