RAPHA RIDERS POISED IN TOUR DU LOIR-ET-CHER

Graham Briggs Rapha Condor Recycling 2008

Graham Briggs was fourth on the third stage of the Tour du Loir-et-Cher on Friday and joins Rapha-Condor-Recyling team-mate Kristian House in the top ten overall.

Denmark's Brian Vandborg of the GLS team won the stage from a 23-man break that initially contained all five of his team-mates.

Two Rapha men made it, Briggs and House, but could do little against the numerical advantage the GLS team held.

House did stretch his lead in the king of the mountains to ten points, though.

Briggs (pictured) narrowly missed out on a time bonus for third place in the final sprint.

Overall, Dutchman Jos Pronk, winner of the first stage, leads Vandborg by four seconds. House is fifth and Briggs is sixth, both 21 seconds back.

Tour du Loir et Cher ? remaining stages

Friday, April 18 Stage 3: Chateau Renault ? Vendome, 175km

Saturday, April 19 Stage 4: Villebarou ? Billy, 192km

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Sports journalist Lionel Birnie has written professionally for Sunday Times, Procycling and of course Cycling Weekly. He is also an author, publisher, and co-founder of The Cycling Podcast. His first experience covering the Tour de France came in 1999, and he has presented The Cycling Podcast with Richard Moore and Daniel Friebe since 2013. He founded Peloton Publishing in 2010 and has ghostwritten and published the autobiography of Sean Kelly, as well as a number of other sports icons.