Julien Vermote soloes to victory in Tour of Britain stage 2

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Julien Vermote (Etixx – Quick-Step) won stage two of the Tour of Britain to take the leader’s yellow jersey. Vermote out-sprinted Britain’s Steve Cummings (Dimension Data) in an uphill finish in Kendal after a stage across the Lake District.

Monday’s stage winner Andre Greipel (Lotto-Soudal) was part of an early breakaway group, which also included Vermote and Irish champion Nicolas Roche of Team Sky.

But, as had seemed likely, the complexion of the race changed on the final big climb of the day – aptly named The Struggle – where Greipel was quickly distanced and a number of leading riders moved ahead of the peloton, Cummings among them after being paced on to the early slopes of the climb by Mark Cavendish.

Cummings looked well set for the stage win but could not match Etixx Quick Step rider Vermote’s sprint with 150 metres to go. Daniel Martin (Etixx – Quick-Step) finished third.

Vermote takes the leader’s jersey from Andre Greipel (Lotto Soudal) who won stage one on Sunday. Cummings sits second in general classification, six seconds behind Vermote.

Tour of Britain 2016 – stage 2 results (Carlisle – Kendal):

1 Julien Vermote (Etixx – Quick-Step)

5:40:50

2 Stephen Cummings (Dimension Data)

+02”

3 Daniel Martin (Etixx – Quick-Step)

+58”

4 Xandro Meurisse (Wanty Groupe Gobert)

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5 Tony Gallopin (Lotto Soudal)

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6 Ben Swift (Sky)

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7 Guillaume Martin (Wanty – Groupe Gobert)

+01’02”

8 Tom Dumoulin (Giant-Alpecin)

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9 Dylan Van Baarle (Cannondale-Drapac)

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10 Jacopo Mosca (Trek-Segafredo)

+01’06”

 

General classification after stage 2:

1 Julien Vermote (Etixx – Quick-Step)

9:33:20

2 Stephen Cummings (Dimension Data)

+06”

3 Daniel Martin (Etixx – Quick-Step)

+01’04”

4 Xandro Meurisse (Wanty Groupe Gobert)

+01’08”

5 Ben Swift (Sky)

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6 Tony Gallopin (Lotto Soudal)

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7 Dylan Van Baarle (Cannondale-Drapac)

+01’12”

8 Guillaume Martin (Wanty – Groupe Gobert)

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9 Tom Dumoulin (Giant-Alpecin)

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10 Nicolas Roche (Sky)

+01’16”

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