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Tour of Britain 2015 Stage 2

photo credits @ exit-QuickStep 

Petr Vakoc (Etixx-QuickStep) won stage 2 of the Tour of Britain today, after riding clear of his breakaway companions during the closing kilometers of today’s stage – to seize a solo viceroy in Coln. 

As a result of this victory, the young Czech took possession of the leader’s yellow jersey from yesterday’s stage winner, Elia Viviani (Sky), who was distanced when the peloton shattered into pieces on the climbs of Bleara Moor and Pendle Big End during the final 50 kilometers.

Race Highlights

Late in the stage, Vakoc, along with Danilo Wyss (BMC), Alex Peters (Great Britain), Wouter Poels (Sky), Ruben Fernandez (Movistar), Serge Pauwels (MTN-Qhubeka), Pim Ligthart (Lotto Soudal) and Alberto Bettiol (Cannondale-Garmin, came to form the day’s final breakaway group. 

With 16 kilometers remaining, Vakoc managed to break clear of the breakaway group, and forge ahead on his own.

As the race headed into the final 5 kilometers, most of what remained of the breakaway group had been reclaimed by the peloton, under the determined effort of Tinkoff-Saxo.

However, Vakoc continued to remain clear with a 40 second advantage over the chase. 

From there, Lotto Soudal took up the chase in earnest, with the hopes of getting their man Andre Greipel close enough to pull back Vakoc. 

In addition, Stefan Küng (BMC) made a late effort to try and bridge himself across to Vakoc, but there was no catching the Etixx-QuickStep  rider.

Meanwhile, Jose Lobato (Movistar) managed to slip past King in the closing kilometers to claim second place, followed by Edvald Boasson Hagen (MTN-Qhubeka).

Top 10 Finishers 

1 Petr Vakoc (Cze) Etixx – Quick-Step
2 Juan Jose Lobato (Spa) Movistar Team
3 Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) MTN – Qhubeka
4 Rasmus Guldhammer (Den) Cult Energy Pro Cycling
5 Matteo Trentin (Ita) Etixx – Quick-Step
6 Owain Doull (GBR) Team WIGGINS
7 Jens Debusschere (Bel) Lotto Soudal
8 Dylan Teuns (Bel) BMC Racing Team
9 Gorka Izagirre (Spa) Movistar Team
10 Javier Megias (Spa) Team Novo Nordisk

General classification after stage 2

1 Petr Vakoc (Cze) Etixx – Quick-Step

 

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