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Tour of Britain 2017: Viviani Wins Stage 2

Elia Viviani won stage 2 of the Tour of Britain in controversial circumstances after finishing second in the bunch sprint in Blyth.

The Team Sky rider finished behind Edvald Boasson Hagen (Dimension Data) but, after claims from Viviani and Team Sky that he was impeded in the sprint, it was adjudged that Boasson Hagen had deviated excessively from his line in the sprint. The Norweigan champion was best placed going into the sprint but moved across the road in the finish, cutting across Viviani and leaving him no room to maneuver.

As a result, Boasson Hagen was relegated by the judges to the back of the peloton and Viviani was awarded the stage win. The 10″ time bonus that goes with it also meaning he will take the leader’s jersey from Caleb Ewan on Stage 3 as he moves top of the GC.

Stage 2 was a tough day at the start, with the rolling Northumbrian terrain throwing up three Cat2 climbs in the first 50km, but after that the parcours were more forgiving with several sprints occurring before the final sprint finish in Blyth,

Tour of Britain 2017: Stage 2 Profile

A large break was established early on in the day which included the climber’s jersey Lukasz Owsian (CCC Sprandi) along with Rory Townsend (Bike Channel-Canyon), Graham Briggs (JLT Condor), Matt Holmes (Madison Genesis), Kamil Gradek (One Pro Cycling), Jacob Scott (An Post ChainReaction) and Silvan Dillier (BMC). They managed to get several minutes and worked well together to keep the peloton at bay, which was helped by contesting all the sprint and mountain points on the stage as they saw an opportunity to gain or defend their jerseys or the jerseys of their teammates.

Team Sky, Orica-Scott and Dimension Data never let them have more than 5′ though and with the potential for a bunch sprint the gap soon started to tumble. There were several attacks from the breakaway as the gap tumbled with Homles eventually going clear, causing the end the to cohesion in the break and seeing the gap tumble even further.

Holmes managed to take his lead to the last sprint at Seaton Sluice before being reeled in by Team Sky and the peloton with just under 16km to go. Once it was all together, Katusha and Team Sky were the driving force to keep the pace high for a bunch sprint. This didn’t stop Philippe Gilbert (Quick-Step) from attempting a late attack with 8km to go, but he was soon brought back as the bunch were determined to contest the sprint.

Going into the final km Viviani was positioned at near the front as was Boasson Hagen, Groenewegen (LottoNL-Jumbo) and Gaviria (Quick-Step) but it was Viviani who took the best line along the barriers as Boasson Hagen opened his sprint. In the last 100m Boasson Hagen swerved across the road, pinning Viviani against the barriers and causing him to stop his sprint. The move was late enough to ensure Viviani took second but saw Boasson Hagen relegated.

Tour of Britain 2017 Stage 2: Keilder Park>Blyth 211km

Position Name (Team – Nationality) Time
1 Elia Viviani (Team Sky – Ita) 5:16:32″
2 Dylan Groenewegen (LottoNL-Jumbo – Ned) s.t.
3 Fernando Gaviria (Quick-Step – Col) s.t.
4 Caleb Ewan (Orica-Scott – Aus) s.t.
5 Alexander Kristoff (Katusha-Alpecin – Nor) s.t.
6 Zdenek Stybar (Quick-Step – Cze) s.t.
7 Floris Gerts (BMC – Ned) s.t.
8 Roger Kluge (Orica-Scott – Ger) s.t.
9 Marcel Sieberg (Lotto-Soudal – Ger) s.t.
10 Daniele Bennati (Movistar – Ita) s.t.

Tour of Britain 2017: General Classification

Position Name (Team – Nationality) Time
1 Elia Viviani (Team Sky – Ita) 9:50:35″
2 Caleb Ewan (Orica-Scott – Aus) +4″
3 Edvald Boasson Hagen (Dimension Data – Nor) +7″
4 Karol Domagalski (One Pro Cycling – Pol) +8″
5 Silvan Dillier (BMC – Swi) +9″
6 Kamil Gradek (One Pro Cycling – Pol) s.t.
7 Fernando Gaviria (Quick-Step – Col) +10″
8 Lars Boom (LottoNL-Jumbo – Ned) +12″
9 Alexander Kristoff (Katusha-Alpecin – Nor) +14″
10 Zdenek Stybar (Quick-Step – Cze) s.t.

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