Australian Cameron Bayly of Taiwan's Attaque Gusto won stage 3 and leads overall at Tour of Taihu Lake. (Tour of Taihu Lake)

Australian Cameron Bayly of Taiwan’s Attaque Gusto won stage 3 and leads overall at Tour of Taihu Lake. (Tour of Taihu Lake)

Australian Cameron Bayly won the third stage and the overall lead at the Tour of Taihu Lake after taking the first international victory of his career at the age of 26.

Crossing the finish line in thick mist, the Taiwanese Attaque Gusto rider, Bayly caught the Professional Continental teams by surprise as they marked each other and notched a solo win four seconds clear of the peloton. Delko Marseille-Provence-KTM’s Leonardo Duque from France and Italy’s Giuseppe Fonzi of Wilier-Southeast sprinted for second and third places.

“I haven’t had the best year to show myself. I’m really happy to get this result. I got a bit more confidence from my third place in the prologue. But I’ve been a bit sick but I’m still riding well. I’ve just got a bit of a blocked nose and things like that. It just worked out today,” said stage winner, Bayly.

Bayly’s acceleration with one kilometre to go surprised the European-based riders who expected a sprint finish between the survivors of the front group. Bayly won the day with four seconds ahead of closest rival, Fonzi and leads by fifteen seconds in the overall classification. Fonzi’s teammate, Yonder Godoy sits in third place at eighteen seconds with four stages left in the tour.

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