Photographers Graham Watson and Yuzuru Sunada were on hand to capture images from the third stage of the 2016 Tour Down Under as the GC contenders battled it out

Simon Gerrans (Orica-GreenEdge) took his first step towards a fourth Tour Down Under title on Thursday, winning stage three and taking the overall race lead.

Having missed out on last year’s race due to a training injury, Gerrans is back at the top in the Australian WorldTour race after sprinting to victory in Campbelltown to beat defending champion Rohan Dennis (BMC).

>>> Tour Down Under: Video highlights from stage three