Chris Lawless gives Team Ineos overall victory at Tour de Yorkshire


• Olympic champion Greg Van Avermaet wins final sprint
• Lawless holds on to Belgian to seal overall victory

After four days, a cliff-hanging finale in Leeds resulted in Team Ineos’s first stage race win since taking over from Sky as sponsor of Chris Froome and company, with Chris Lawless of Wigan sealing the overall victory after the final sprint on the Headrow went to the Olympic champion Greg Van Avermaet, who fell victim to superior numbers and tactics.

The 23-year-old Lawless is better known as a sprinter but he showed a Classic riders’ explosiveness when he held on to Van Avermaet as the Belgian made a last-ditch attempt at a repeat victory on the final short climb five kilometres from the finish.

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Written by William Fotheringham in Leeds
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