Tour Of Britain Stage 2

11/09/2012   |   Posted by jeremy

Tour of Britain Stage 2: Nottingham - Knowsley 177.8km

Yesterday’s stage started out from Nottingham, although it was a shorter stage, it would be a more challenging one with three category one climbs and three sprints as the peloton made its way to the finish at Knowsley Safari Park in Cheshire.

Luke Rowe led the peloton out at the start wearing the Gold jersey of race leader. The weather for the stage, although wasn’t hot and sunny like stage one, was for the most part dry.

The first sprint of the day was in Duffield, the crowds were out in force to cheer the riders on as they came up to the line. The riders were content to roll over the line with Peter Williams of Node 4 – Giordana  taking first place and Richard Handley of Rapha Condor following behind for second.

The breakaway consisted of a six strong group at 28km as they approached the first climb of the day at Cross o’ th hands. All the climbs in the stage would prove to be a much tougher prospect than yesterday’s mostly flat climbs. As they crossed the line Pablo Urtasun of Euskaltel Euskadi took first from Russell Hampton of Raleigh – GAC.

The second climb was at Alstonefield which was again taken by the Spaniard with Richard Handley of Rapha Condor taking second.

The third and final climb of the day was at Morridge and was also the highest point of the day 63km into the stage. Once again it was Pablo Urtasun who took the win from Russell Hampton.

The peloton were making their way along without incident at around three minutes behind.

Next up was the second sprint of the stage at Chelford which saw Peter Williams of Node 4 – Giordana taking the win, with Matthias Krizek coming second.

With 50km to go the roads turned wet giving the potential for some dicey moments, the peloton had by this point caught the breakaway as they headed towards the safari Park at Knowsley. There was a crash near the back of the field that took out a few Raleigh riders. It was on a corner and looked like they caught a kerb.

As the peloton approached the 1km to go point, team Sky formed their lead out train hoping to get mark Cavendish into a stage winning position. As they entered the Safari Park the conditions were once again dry. In the last 900 metres it was Bradley Wiggins at the front with the gold jersey of Luke Rowe right behind him.

Wiggo pulled off to let him through so that he could lead Cavendish to the line. However on the next corner 3 or 4 riders managed to get past Cav and left him with a lot of work to do. As they went for the line it was Leigh Howard of Orica – GreenEDGE that took the stage win.

I’m not sure what happened to Cav exactly but it looked to me like he thought he had it sewn up. He stopped pedalling on the bend that the other riders came past him and that was the only invitation they needed to ruin his day. There was just too much work for him to do after that and he finished in second place.

 

 

 

Stage

1

Leigh Howard

Orica - GreenEDGE

2

Mark Cavendish

Sky Procycling

3

Boy Van Poppel

UnitedHealthcare

Overall

1

Boy Van Poppel

UnitedHealthcare

2

Leigh Howard

Orica - GreenEDGE

3

Luke Rowe

Sky Procycling

Points

1

Boy Van Poppel

UnitedHealthcare

2

Russell Downing

Endura Racing

3

Luke Rowe

Sky Procycling

Mountains

1

Pablo Urtasun

Euskaltel Euskadi

2

Russell Hampton

Raleigh - GAC

3

Richard Handley

Rapha Condor

Sprints

1

Peter Williams

Node 4 - Giordana

2

Rony Martias

Saur Sojasun

3

Kristian House

Rapha Condor

Team

1

Garmin - Sharp

 

2

Sky Procycling

 

3

Endura Racing

 

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