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TOB 2013 - Stage 2
By Mark Sharon
Date: 9/17/2013
TOB 2013 - Stage 2
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2013 Tour of Britain: Stage 2, Carlisle to Kendal, 225km - Ciolek goes one better to take stage and race lead.

Reporting by Gavin Hughes

After a rain sodden, wind-swept stage between Carlisle and Kendal MTN Qhubeka's Gerald Ciolek splashed across the line to take the win ahead of Sam Bennett (AN Post Chain Reaction).  This was another tough finish, ending at the top of the appropriately named Beast Banks. 

The foot of the punishing ramp saw Thomas Lovkvist (IAM Cycling) with a 10” lead left from a late attack only to suffer the agony of having it overhauled in the last 50 metres by Ciolek and Benentt. Ciolek now leads British rider Simon Yates by twenty seconds.

"It was a hard day, rain all day so tough conditions.  There were some hard climbs today and then the hilly finish,” said Ciolek, who turns 27 on Thursday. "The guys did a lead out from the bottom and I got in a good position.  I had a problem in the last right turn, I slipped a little bit and had a little gap, but in the end it was possible for me to close it. In the last 100 metres I just put on the big ring and started my sprint and from that point on I was really confident to take victory.”

The weather and the race for much of the time took on the same complexion as Stage one.  Team sky were once again the dominant team chasing down the breaks of the day, with Bernard Eisel and Ian Stannard putting in some big efforts, to ensure that Sky Team leader Bradley Wiggins stays in touch until the crucial time trial tomorrow.

When Nairo Quintana (Movistar) and Dan Martin (Garmin Sharp) attacked before the Honister Pass some urgency crept in to teh peleton and the duo managed to built up only a small lead over the climb. Unfortunately for these two riders the 3.8 km Cat. 1 climb was probably not of the length that they would have liked despite the 25% gradient and with the descent over wet roads and cattle grids the peloton soon caught up and with 20 km to go they were all back together.

A bunch sprint looked on the cards - and Mark Cavendish put in an uncharacteristic long range attack from 10 km out - maybe sensing the finish on the Beast would not suit him.  After he was caught the attacks came and went quickly with Lovkvist the last to go for glory only to be thwarted  by a strongly finishing Ciolek.

Today’s Stage 3 Individual Time Trial offers a tantalising shoot out between Wiggins and his Giro nemesis Alex Dowsett.  Dowsett appears to have the Indian sign over Wiggins recently – and both men are selected for the GB Worlds Time Trial squad.  Stage three offers an interesting insight as to how their preparations are going.

Stage 2, Cumbria, the Lake District Stage, Brief Results

1) Gerald Ciolek, GER, MTN Qhubeka  
2) Sam Bennett, IRL, AN Post Chain Reaction
3) Thomas Lovkvist, SWE, IAM Cycling
4) Simon Yates, GBR, Great Britain
5) Michal Golas, POL, Omega Pharma Quick-Step
6) Jack Bauer, Garmin Sharp
7) Martin Elmiger,SUI,  IAM Cycling
8) Marco Coledan, Bardiani Valvole CSF Inox
9) Sergio Pardilla, MTN Qhubeka
10) Julien Vermote, BEL, Omega Pharma Quick-Step

IG Gold Jersey Overall Classification

1)    Gerald Ciolek, GER, MTN Qhubeka, 11:05.30
2)    Simon Yates, GBR, Great Britain, + 0.20
3)    Michal Golas, POL, Omega Pharma Quick-Step, + 0.20
4)    Marco Coldean, ITA, Bardiani Valvole CSF Inox, + 0.23
5)    Sergio Pardilla, SPA, MTN Qhubeka, +  0.23

Chain Reaction Cycles Points Classification: Gerald Ciolek, GER, MTN Qhubeka

Yodel Direct Sprints Classification: Nicola Boem, ITA, Bardiani Valvole CSF INOX Squad

SKODA King of the Mountains Classification: Angel Madrazo Ruiz, ESP, Movistar
Stage Two, Rouleur Combativity Award: Angel Madrazo Ruiz, ESP, Movistar

Race Route for 2013

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Race Route © Tour of Britain

The route of the 2013 Tour of Britain is as follows:

Stage 1  Sunday 15th September Peebles to Drumlanrig Castle 201km

Stage 2  Monday 16th September Cumbria, The Lake District Stage, Carlisle to Kendal 225km

Stage 3  Tuesday 17th September Knowsley Individual Time Trial 16km

Stage 4  Wednesday 18th September Stoke-on-Trent to Llanberis 190.9km

Stage 5  Thursday 19th September Machynlleth to Caerphilly 177.1km

Stage 6  Friday 20th September Sidmouth to Haytor, Dartmoor 137km

Stage 7  Saturday 21st September Epsom to Guildford 150.4km

Stage 8  Sunday 22nd September The London Stage, presented by TfL 88km


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