Tour of Britain Stage Two: Leigh Howard take win for Orica GreenEdge and a share of overall lead

11. září 2012 v 8:33
The Australian jumped clear at the death and managed to hold off Cavendish who had been guided to the front of the pack and lead out by Bradley Wiggins and yesterday's stage winner, Luke Rowe.
Initially it seemed that Rowe would keep the overall leader's gold jersey for another day but he was later adjudged to have been on the wrong side of a small split in the peloton and thus to have finished one second behind the winning bunch which meant a tie at the top of the overall classification with Boy Van Poppel of United Healthcare on the same time as stage winner Leigh Howard.
Things were less complicated in the other competitions where most of the other jerseys were divided between the riders who took their chance in today's break. Three British riders, Russel Hampton of Team Raleigh, Richard Handley of Rapha Condor Sharp and Node4's Peter Williams made the six man break that stayed away for much of today's 180.7Km stage from Nottingham to Knowseley. Of the three it was Node4's Peter Williams who was the big winner picking up the sprint jersey after winning all three of the stage's intermediate sprints. His fellow escapee the Spanish rider, Pablo Urtasun of Euskaltel took all three of the day's categorised climbs to take the king of the mountains jersey.
With 50Km to go Jack Bobridge of Orica Greenedge attacked the rest of the break dropping all but Williams. However the sprinters were not to be denied and with Team Sky setting the pace at the front the pair sat up with 25Km to to.
As the field entered the final kilometres there were numerous attempted attacks but all came to nothing and as the Sky train moved smoothly in to place to deliver Cavendish to the line it seemed that the result would be as close to a formality as as a full on sprint at the end of a cycle race can be… and then there was one last attack and Cavendish was denied once again.
Results and standings to follow
 

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