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OVO Tour of Britain - Stage 2
By Mark Sharon
Date: 9/4/2017
OVO Tour of Britain - Stage 2
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September 5, 2017

Stage 2: Kielder water and forest park to Blyth, 211.7km

Viviani strikes back with stage win and race lead in controversial sprint

Elia Viviani took his fifth stage win in the OVO Energy Tour of Britain, but not without controversy as Edvald Boasson Hagen was initially declared the winner, before being disqualified for deviating in the sprint.
Viviani had crossed the line second behind the Norwegian, but Sky lodged a protest after the Dimension Data rider moved to his left in the sprint and was adjudged by the race jury to have impeded the Italian.
Following much deliberation, and Boasson Hagen initially appearing on the podium, the decision was overturned with him being relegated to the back of the main field and the victory, and OVO Energy Green Jersey going to Viviani.

Elia Viviani and Edvald Boassen Hagen duel it out© OVO/Allan McKenzie/

"I was feeling really good yesterday, but I was disappointed as the guys did a perfect job yesterday on a very technical finish and I finished only third,” said Viviani.
"I really wanted to win today and we did a really good leadout with Kwiato, Kiry, G and Tao - who worked all day. Owain put me on Boasson Hagen's wheel in the final which was perfect and what we talked about this morning in our meeting, to be in second or third place going into the sprint.
"All the team deserve this win and I hope to win again in the next few days too."

Elia Viviani (Sky) protests the sprint © OVO/Allan McKenzie/

Boasson Hagen was conciliatory after the finish, acknowledging that he had unintentionally moved across on the run to the line in Blyth.
"I know that I closed in Viviani but it wasn't on purpose”, he said. "I was just sprinting for the line with my head down and when I looked up, I was too close on the left side with Viviani on my inside. It's really a pity after all the hard work the guys did today. However, we will keep fighting and try to go for it again tomorrow”.

Stage 2 Results

Stage List

Stage 1

Sunday 3 September

Edinburgh to Kelso


Stage 2

Monday 4 September

Kielder Water & Forest Park to Blyth


Stage 3

Tuesday 5 September

Normanby Hall Country Park to Scunthorpe


Stage 4

Wednesday 6 September

Mansfield to Newark-on-Trent


Stage 5

Thursday 7 September

The Tendring Stage Individual Time Trial


Stage 6

Friday 8 September

Newmarket to Aldeburgh


Stage 7

Saturday 9 September

Hemel Hempstead to Cheltenham


Stage 8

Sunday 10 September

Worcester to Cardiff


More to follow

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