Danny Van Poppel takes wild sprint win in Tour de Yorkshire

Danny van Poppel edged out a sprint victory after a photo finish to stage two at the Tour De Yorkshire.

The Dutchman timed his run to perfection in Doncaster, squeezing down the left-hand side of the road to narrowly fend off race leader Dylan Groenewegen (LottoNl-Jumbo) by the slenderest of margins.

His first victory in Team Sky colours also saw Van Poppel elevate himself up to second overall, six seconds back on compatriot Groenewegen (LottoNL-Jumbo) after a pair of chaotic sprints in the race’s opening two days.

“The team did a great job, that’s the first thing to say,” said Van Poppel after the race. “We were really motivated. The last two kilometres it was raining and really hectic. The team did the best they could to really take care of me and then in the last few hundred metres Dylan came really close, but I just knew that I’d won. It was a hectic few minutes.

“I’ve had a knee injury and this is maybe my ninth or 10th race (this year). I really needed this victory. There have been some hard times but now I think I’m back! It’s my first victory for Team Sky and it’s really cool to ride for this team.”

Tour de Yorkshire 2016 – stage 2 results (Otley – Doncaster):

1 Danny Van Poppel (Sky)


2 Dylan Groenewegen (LottoNL – Jumbo)


3 Nikias Arndt (Giant-Alpecin)


4 Christopher Opie (ONE)


5 Loic Chetout (Cofidis)


6 Albert Torres Barcelo (Raleigh GAC)


7 Rick Zabel (BMC)


8 Christopher Lawless (JLT Condor)


9 Russell Downing (JLT Condor)


10 Magnus Cort Nielsen (Orica-GreenEDGE)



General classification after stage 2:

1 Dylan Groenewegen (LottoNL-Jumbo)


2 Danny van Poppel (Sky)


3 Niklas Arndt (Giant-Alpecin)


4 Caleb Ewan (Orica-GreenEDGE)


5 Anthony Turgis (Cofidis)


6 Stijn Steels (Topsport-Vlaanderen)


7 Gruffudd Lewis (Madison Genesis)


8 Nicolas Edet (Cofidis)


9 Thomas Voeckler (Direct Energie)


10 Serge Pauwels (Dimension Data)