Yates into second at Tour of Britain as Gerard Ciolek wins dramatic stage two

Yates into second at Tour of Britain as Gerard Ciolek wins dramatic stage two

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Great Britain’s Simon Yates moved into second at the Tour of Britain with fourth place on stage two as German Gerard Ciolek took a dramatic win.

The German finished ahead of An Post Chain Reaction's Sam Bennett after Thomas Lovkvist had lead into the challenging climb of Beast Bank in the final 500 metres.

The win puts Ciolek into the overall lead with Yates 20 seconds back.

“It feels great,” Ciolek said. “We didn’t come here with big expectations but you always want to perform at races but we are really young and inexperienced at races so our expectations weren’t so big but now we have the yellow jersey and a stage win."

Sir Bradley Wiggins crossed the line 17 seconds off the lead for Team Sky and is 12th overall, while Omega Pharma Quick-Step's Mark Cavendish darted out in front of the leading group with 10km left before Lovkvist started to build up a lead with eight-kilometres to go.

Angel Madrazo of Movistar is the new holder of the Skoda King of the Mountains jersey, and the Spaniard was also awarded the Rouleur Combativity Award.

Nicola Boem of Bardiani Valvole CSF Inox, who was part of the early break, will wear the Yodel Direct Sprints jersey on tomorrow's third stage.

An early break led for much of the stage, helping Bardiani Valvole CSF Inox's into the Yodel Direct Sprints Jersey and Angel Madrazo into the SKODA King of the Mountains jersey. It was the Movistar rider's teammate who earned the biggest cheer of the day, following an attack by Garmin Sharp's Dan Martin on the climb of Honister Pass, with the duo riding through the crowds braving the very worst of Lakeland weather to ride clear.

Sweeping up the breakaway that defined much of stage 2 of the Tour of Britain, Martin and Quintana were joined by Madrazo with the trio passing through a crowded Keswick out front. Such was the danger a Sky led peloton brought them back following the day's final categorised climb, only to prompt a flurry of further attacks from Garmin Sharp and Movistar.

Lovkvist though was the only rider to edge away, despite a valiant effort near Crook by Mark Cavendish, with the Swede racing through Kendal with the slenderest of advantages, but to no avail, with the IAM rider slowing agonisingly on the final climb.

Victory for Ciolek comes in the same season that he took the honours at Milan San Remo in dreadful weather conditions.

Tour of Britain Result: Stage 2 

1. Gerald Ciolek MTN Qhubeka 5h 1' 1''
2. Sam Bennett AN Post Chain Reaction 5h 1' 1''
3. Thomas LÃvkvist IAM Cycling 5h 1' 7''
4. Simon Yates Great Britain 5h 1' 7''
5. Michal Golas Omega Pharma Quick-Step 5h 1' 7''
6. Jack Bauer Garmin Sharp 5h 1' 10''
7. Martin Elmiger IAM Cycling 5h 1' 10''
8. Marco Coledan Bardiani Valvole CSF Inox 5h 1' 10''
9. Sergio Pardilla MTN Qhubeka 5h 1' 10''
10. Julien Vermote Omega Pharma Quick-Step 5h 1' 10''