Team Sky's Edvald Boasson Hagen won a sprint finish at the end of the third stage of the Criterium du Dauphine as team-mate Chris Froome remains in touching distance for the general classification.

The Norwegian sprinted home after being led out by team-mates Peter Kennaugh and Geraint Thomas.

Fellow Team Sky rider Chris Froome finished in the peloton and remains 1 minute 57 seconds behind. David Veilleux still leads but Froome isn't too far behind despite slipping to 11th overall.

There was very little altercation at the top of the overall standings with all the contenders finishing in the same time. Welshman and Team Sky rider Geraint Thomas was one of the biggest movers as he rose to seventh due to his placing in the first three stages.

The other Team Sky riders are positioned well with Australia's Richie Porte and Peter Kennaugh in ninth and 14th respectively.

Thomas and Kennaugh helped Boasson Hagen to victory after they chased down Belgium's Bart de Clercq on the final climb and launched the Norwegian to sprint home.

The 26-year old held off challenges from Michael Matthews and Gianni Meersman to earn his third Dauphine stage win in four years.

The 167km third stage finished in Tarare with stage four starting on Wednesday. This stage will see the riders compete in a 32.5km individual time trial from Villars les Dombes to Parc des Oiseaux.

Froome will be expecting to perform well during these time-trials and will be hoping to move up the standings.

Team Sky are looking to make it a hat-trick of Criterium du Dauphine wins after Sir Bradley Wiggins won the race in 2011 and 2012.


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