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September 12-19, 2009

September 13, Stage 2: Darlington - Newcastle Gateshead 153.3km

Reus races to a win in Newcastle Gateshead

By:
Gerry McManus
Published:
September 13, 2009, 15:06 BST,
Updated:
September 13, 2009, 22:17 BST

Solo win nets Rabobank rider GC lead

Kai Reus (Rabobank) emerged the worthy victor in the second stage of the Tour of Britain today. The 23-year-old Dutchman arrived into Gateshead only 15 seconds ahead of the bunch, but he had enough time to savour the moment as he crossed the finish line punching the air. This win is the latest installment of an amazing story of recovery for the former junior world road race champion who was in a coma for 11 days following a training crash in July of 2007.

Reus was jubilant in his victory as was team manager Erik Dekker, but Reus became emotional in the post-race interview and was unable to talk about his accident. Reus was the only survivor of a three-man breakaway group that had gone clear on the second categorised climb of the day at Langley.

"I only thought I would stay clear when there was a kilometre to go," said Reus. "Three of us went clear after about 40km, and we got a minute and a half quite quickly. When the gap went out to two minutes, we knew that we were riding to win. I lost Thomas De Gendt with 15km to go and the last 10km were tough for me. Now I am totally destroyed. This is my first victory in the last two years, and there is a long story behind that which I can't talk about now."

There is a possibility that the Dutchman will defend his yellow leader's jersey. "I think that stages six and seven will be tough," said Reus. "My legs are very painful now and we will see."

The peloton waited until it was over 500m past the neutralised section before Rapha Condor's Simon Richardson started the first attack of the day. A number of riders were very active in the early section including Nicolas Roche (AG2R La Mondiale), who made it into three consecutive breaks. Chris Newton (Rapha Condor) was also jumping around in the early kilometres going clear with Roche and Freddy Bichot (Agritubel).

Thomas De Gendt (TopSport - Vlaanderen) had promised that he would attack, and the sprint classification leader kept his word on the second categorised climb of the day at Langley. Tanel Kangert (AG2R La Mondiale) went with the Belgian rider, and Reus just made the junction to the duo as they approached the summit. The three riders worked well together and their leading margin was nearly four minutes at Highfield with De Gendt winning the prime at High Barns to add the king of the mountains jersey to his collection at the end of the day. The gap to the peloton was now over five minutes.

The weather had turned a bit wet and a number of riders came down in a crash including Roche. Columbia-HTC was on the front of the bunch intent on pulling back the leaders, and the margin was under three minutes when Reus won the final sprint prime at Seaton Sluice. Barloworld and Garmin Slipstream joined the chase effort and the leaders' margin began to plunge. Kangert was the first rider to slip out of contention and he was soon mopped up by the chasing peloton.

De Gendt finally lost contact with 15km to go when he lost the wheel of Reus on a roundabout and could not regain contact with the Dutchman who put his time trailing talents to good effect going clear to win the stage. De Gendt sat up as the bunch caught and passed him and Alexander Kristoff (Joker Bianchi) won the bunch sprint from Edvald Boasson Hagen (Columbia-HTC) and Martin Reimer (Cervélo Test Team).

Reus now leads the race overall by 16 seconds from Chris Sutton (Garmin Slipstream) and a further three over Alexander Kristoff. Michel Merlo (Barloworld) leads the race on points and is in fourth place overall at 20 seconds.

Stage three from Peebles to Gretna is a small degree lumpier that the first two days with a rolling 154km course.

Results
1 Kai Reus (Ned) Rabobank 3:38:32  
2 Alexander Kristoff (Nor) Joker Bianchi 0:00:09  
3 Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Team Columbia-HTC    
4 Martin Reimer (Ger) Cervelo Test Team    
5 Danilo Napolitano (Ita) Team Katusha    
6 Michel Merlo (Ita) Barloworld    
7 Malcolm Elliott (GBr) Candi-TV-Marshalls Pasta    
8 Pierpaolo De Negri (Ita) ISD-Neri    
9 Chris Sutton (Aus) Garmin-Slipstream    
10 Pieter Vanspeybrouck (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen    
11 Davide Appollonio (Ita) Cervelo Test Team    
12 Russell Downing (GBr) Candi-TV-Marshalls Pasta    
13 Ian Wilkinson (GBr) Team Halfords    
14 Reinier Honig (Ned) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team    
15 Koldo Fernandez (Spa) Euskatel Euskadi    
16 Graeme Brown (Aus) Rabobank    
17 Kristian House (GBr) Rapha Condor    
18 Federico Canuti (Ita) CSF Navigare    
19 Alan Marangoni (Ita) CSF Navigare    
20 Javier Aramendia (Spa) Euskatel Euskadi    
21 Graham Briggs (GBr) Candi-TV-Marshalls Pasta    
22 Peter Williams (GBr) Candi-TV-Marshalls Pasta    
23 Ian Stannard (GBr) ISD-Neri    
24 Rob Ruygh (Ned) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team    
25 Simon Clarke (Aus) ISD-Neri    
26 Renaud Dion (Fra) Ag2r La Mondiale    
27 Daniel Lloyd (GBr) Cervelo Test Team    
28 Geoffroy Lequatre (Fra) Agritubel    
29 Simon Holt (GBr) Candi-TV-Marshalls Pasta    
30 Tom Stamsnijder (Ned) Rabobank    
31 Tom Peterson (USA) Garmin-Slipstream    
32 Kim Kirchen (Lux) Team Columbia-HTC    
33 Lloyd Mondory (Fra) Ag2r La Mondiale    
34 Tony Martin (Ger) Team Columbia-HTC    
35 Geraint Thomas (GBr) Barloworld    
36 Filippo Pozzato (Ita) Team Katusha    
37 Arnoud Van Groen (Ned) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team    
38 Robert Hayles (GBr) Team Halfords    
39 Serge Pauwels (Bel) Cervelo Test Team    
40 Lars Petter Nordhaug (Nor) Joker Bianchi 0:00:20  
41 Andrew Tennant (GBr) Team Halfords    
42 Huub Duyn (Ned) Garmin-Slipstream    
43 Grischa Niermann (Ger) Rabobank    
44 Evgueni Petrov (Rus) Team Katusha    
45 Mark McNally (GBr) Team Halfords    
46 Tom Southam (GBr) Rapha Condor    
47 Ivan Velasco (Spa) Euskatel Euskadi    
48 James Sampson (GBr) Candi-TV-Marshalls Pasta    
49 Christophe Laurent (Fra) Agritubel    
50 Chris Newton (GBr) Rapha Condor    
51 Dan Fleeman (GBr) Cervelo Test Team    
52 Kristof Vandewalle (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen    
53 Vladimir Karpets (Rus) Team Katusha    
54 Maxime Monfort (Bel) Team Columbia-HTC    
55 Steven Cummings (GBr) Barloworld    
56 Tim Mertens (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen    
57 Bart Vanheule (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen    
58 Thomas Lovkvist (Swe) Team Columbia-HTC    
59 Gert Dockx (Bel) Team Columbia-HTC    
60 Simon Richardson (GBr) Rapha Condor    
61 Carlo Sconamiglio (Ita) Barloworld    
62 Svein Erik Vold (Nor) Joker Bianchi    
63 Cyril Dessel (Fra) Ag2r La Mondiale    
64 Dan Craven (Nam) Rapha Condor    
65 Sondre G Sortveit (Nor) Joker Bianchi    
66 Nicolas Vogondy (Fra) Agritubel    
67 Bartozs Huzarsky (Pol) ISD-Neri    
68 Laurens Ten Dam (Ned) Rabobank    
69 Blaise Sonnery (Fra) Ag2r La Mondiale    
70 Davide Ricci Bitti (Ita) ISD-Neri    
71 Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) CSF Navigare    
72 Mauricio Soler (Col) Barloworld    
73 Sergio De Lis (Spa) Euskatel Euskadi    
74 Aitor Galdos (Spa) Euskatel Euskadi    
75 Emilien Berges (Fra) Agritubel    
76 Michael Golas (Pol) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team    
77 Frederik Wilmann (Nor) Joker Bianchi    
78 Stian Remme (Nor) Joker Bianchi    
79 Nicolas Roche (Irl) Ag2r La Mondiale    
80 Alessandro Colo (Ita) ISD-Neri    
81 Martin Mortensen (Den) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team    
82 Ian Bibby (GBr) Team Halfords    
83 Freddy Bichot (Fra) Agritubel    
84 Thomas Berkhout (Ned) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team    
85 Mauro Finetto (Ita) CSF Navigare    
86 Christopher Froome (GBr) Barloworld    
87 Edward Clancy (GBr) Team Halfords    
88 Tom Criel (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen    
89 Ben Swift (GBr) Team Katusha    
90 Bradley Wiggins (GBr) Garmin-Slipstream    
91 Filippo Savini (Ita) CSF Navigare 0:00:49  
92 Brice Feillu (Fra) Agritubel 0:00:20  
93 Tanel Kangert (Est) Ag2r La Mondiale 0:01:04  
94 Enrico Zen (Ita) CSF Navigare 0:01:30  
95 Josu Agirre (Spa) Euskatel Euskadi    
96 Thomas De Gendt (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen 0:02:10  
97 Darren Lapthorne (Aus) Rapha Condor 0:03:40  
98 Trent Lowe (Aus) Garmin-Slipstream 0:06:11  
99 Oscar Pujol Munoz (Spa) Cervelo Test Team    
DNS Riccardo Van Der Velde (Ned) Garmin- Slipstream    
KoM Cat 3 - Aykley Heads
1 Tom Southam (GBr) Rapha Condor 4 pts
2 Geraint Thomas (GBr) Barloworld 3  
3 Steven Cummings (GBr) Barloworld 2  
4 Cyril Dessel (Fra) Ag2r La Mondiale 1  
KoM Cat 3 - Langley
1 Thomas De Gendt (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen 4 pts
2 Tanel Kangert (Est) Ag2r La Mondiale 3  
3 Kai Reus (Ned) Rabobank 2  
4 Kristof Vandewalle (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen 1  
Sprint: Harelaw
1 Thomas De Gendt (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen 5 pts
2 Kai Reus (Ned) Rabobank 3  
3 Tanel Kangert (Est) Ag2r La Mondiale 2  
4 Filippo Savini (Ita) CSF Navigare 1  
KoM Cat 3: High Barns
1 Thomas De Gendt (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen 4 pts
2 Kai Reus (Ned) Rabobank 3  
3 Tanel Kangert (Est) Ag2r La Mondiale 2  
4 Martin Mortensen (Den) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team 1  
Sprint: Morpeth
1 Kai Reus (Ned) Rabobank 5 pts
2 Thomas De Gendt (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen 3  
3 Tanel Kangert (Est) Ag2r La Mondiale 2  
4 Mauricio Soler (Col) Barloworld 1  
Sprint: Seaton Sluice
1 Thomas De Gendt (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen 5 pts
2 Kai Reus (Ned) Rabobank 3  
3 Trent Lowe (Aus) Garmin-Slipstream 2  
4 Huub Duyn (Ned) Garmin-Slipstream 1  
Combativity Award
1 Thomas De Gendt (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen    
Teams
1 Rabobank 10:55:54  
2 Candi-TV-Marshalls Pasta 0:00:09  
3 Cervelo Test Team    
4 ISD-Neri    
5 Team Columbia-HTC    
6 Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team    
7 Garmin-Slipstream 0:00:20  
8 Euskatel Euskadi    
9 Team Katusha    
10 Team Halfords    
11 Barloworld    
12 CSF Navigare    
13 Ag2r La Mondiale    
14 Joker Bianchi 0:00:31  
15 Rapha Condor    
16 Topsport Vlaanderen    
17 Agritubel    
General Classification
1 Kai Reus (Ned) Rabobank 7:46:14  
2 Chris Sutton (Aus) Garmin-Slipstream 0:00:16  
3 Alexander Kristoff (Nor) Joker Bianchi 0:00:19  
4 Michel Merlo (Ita) Barloworld 0:00:20  
5 Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Team Columbia-HTC 0:00:21  
6 Russell Downing (GBr) Candi-TV-Marshalls Pasta 0:00:25  
7 Martin Reimer (Ger) Cervelo Test Team 0:00:26  
8 Pieter Vanspeybrouck (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen    
9 Malcolm Elliott (GBr) Candi-TV-Marshalls Pasta    
10 Reinier Honig (Ned) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team    
11 Danilo Napolitano (Ita) Team Katusha    
12 Ian Wilkinson (GBr) Team Halfords    
13 Koldo Fernandez (Spa) Euskatel Euskadi    
14 Davide Appollonio (Ita) Cervelo Test Team    
15 Graeme Brown (Aus) Rabobank    
16 Pierpaolo De Negri (Ita) ISD-Neri    
17 Alan Marangoni (Ita) CSF Navigare    
18 Ian Stannard (GBr) ISD-Neri    
19 Daniel Lloyd (GBr) Cervelo Test Team    
20 Lloyd Mondory (Fra) Ag2r La Mondiale    
21 Kristian House (GBr) Rapha Condor    
22 Simon Clarke (Aus) ISD-Neri    
23 Peter Williams (GBr) Candi-TV-Marshalls Pasta    
24 Renaud Dion (Fra) Ag2r La Mondiale    
25 Rob Ruygh (Ned) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team    
26 Kim Kirchen (Lux) Team Columbia-HTC    
27 Javier Aramendia (Spa) Euskatel Euskadi    
28 Serge Pauwels (Bel) Cervelo Test Team    
29 Geoffroy Lequatre (Fra) Agritubel    
30 Arnoud Van Groen (Ned) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team    
31 Federico Canuti (Ita) CSF Navigare    
32 Tom Peterson (USA) Garmin-Slipstream    
33 Geraint Thomas (GBr) Barloworld    
34 Graham Briggs (GBr) Candi-TV-Marshalls Pasta    
35 Filippo Pozzato (Ita) Team Katusha    
36 Simon Holt (GBr) Candi-TV-Marshalls Pasta    
37 Tom Stamsnijder (Ned) Rabobank    
38 Tony Martin (Ger) Team Columbia-HTC    
39 Martin Mortensen (Den) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team 0:00:31  
40 Ben Swift (GBr) Team Katusha 0:00:33  
41 Tim Mertens (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen 0:00:37  
42 Grischa Niermann (Ger) Rabobank    
43 Andrew Tennant (GBr) Team Halfords    
44 Christophe Laurent (Fra) Agritubel    
45 Ivan Velasco (Spa) Euskatel Euskadi    
46 Lars Petter Nordhaug (Nor) Joker Bianchi    
47 Tom Southam (GBr) Rapha Condor    
48 Michael Golas (Pol) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team    
49 Bartozs Huzarsky (Pol) ISD-Neri    
50 Huub Duyn (Ned) Garmin-Slipstream    
51 Simon Richardson (GBr) Rapha Condor    
52 Mark McNally (GBr) Team Halfords    
53 Thomas Berkhout (Ned) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team    
54 Nicolas Roche (Irl) Ag2r La Mondiale    
55 Freddy Bichot (Fra) Agritubel    
56 Carlo Sconamiglio (Ita) Barloworld    
57 Vladimir Karpets (Rus) Team Katusha    
58 Kristof Vandewalle (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen    
59 Sondre G Sortveit (Nor) Joker Bianchi    
60 Chris Newton (GBr) Rapha Condor    
61 Steven Cummings (GBr) Barloworld    
62 Thomas Lovkvist (Swe) Team Columbia-HTC    
63 Brice Feillu (Fra) Agritubel    
64 Maxime Monfort (Bel) Team Columbia-HTC    
65 Laurens Ten Dam (Ned) Rabobank    
66 Blaise Sonnery (Fra) Ag2r La Mondiale    
67 Dan Fleeman (GBr) Cervelo Test Team    
68 Stian Remme (Nor) Joker Bianchi    
69 Christopher Froome (GBr) Barloworld    
70 Tom Criel (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen    
71 Bart Vanheule (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen    
72 Aitor Galdos (Spa) Euskatel Euskadi    
73 James Sampson (GBr) Candi-TV-Marshalls Pasta    
74 Gert Dockx (Bel) Team Columbia-HTC    
75 Evgueni Petrov (Rus) Team Katusha    
76 Davide Ricci Bitti (Ita) ISD-Neri    
77 Cyril Dessel (Fra) Ag2r La Mondiale    
78 Nicolas Vogondy (Fra) Agritubel    
79 Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) CSF Navigare    
80 Emilien Berges (Fra) Agritubel    
81 Mauro Finetto (Ita) CSF Navigare    
82 Mauricio Soler (Col) Barloworld    
83 Dan Craven (Nam) Rapha Condor    
84 Edward Clancy (GBr) Team Halfords    
85 Sergio De Lis (Spa) Euskatel Euskadi    
86 Frederik Wilmann (Nor) Joker Bianchi    
87 Alessandro Colo (Ita) ISD-Neri    
88 Bradley Wiggins (GBr) Garmin-Slipstream    
89 Filippo Savini (Ita) CSF Navigare 0:01:06  
90 Tanel Kangert (Est) Ag2r La Mondiale 0:01:19  
91 Enrico Zen (Ita) CSF Navigare 0:01:47  
92 Josu Agirre (Spa) Euskatel Euskadi    
93 Thomas De Gendt (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen 0:04:40  
94 Oscar Pujol Munoz (Spa) Cervelo Test Team 0:06:28  
95 Ian Bibby (GBr) Team Halfords 0:15:38  
96 Robert Hayles (GBr) Team Halfords 0:15:48  
97 Svein Erik Vold (Nor) Joker Bianchi 0:15:59  
98 Darren Lapthorne (Aus) Rapha Condor 0:18:55  
99 Trent Lowe (Aus) Garmin-Slipstream 0:21:49  
Mountains Classification
1 Thomas De Gendt (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen 21 pts
2 Martin Mortensen (Den) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team 17  
3 Tom Southam (GBr) Rapha Condor 13  
4 Kai Reus (Ned) Rabobank 5  
5 Tanel Kangert (Est) Ag2r La Mondiale 5  
6 Thomas Lovkvist (Swe) Team Columbia-HTC 4  
7 Geraint Thomas (GBr) Barloworld 3  
8 Graham Briggs (GBr) Candi-TV-Marshalls Pasta 3  
9 Steven Cummings (GBr) Barloworld 2  
10 Christopher Froome (GBr) Barloworld 2  
11 Bradley Wiggins (GBr) Garmin-Slipstream 2  
12 Serge Pauwels (Bel) Cervelo Test Team 1  
13 Kristof Vandewalle (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen 1  
14 Cyril Dessel (Fra) Ag2r La Mondiale 1  
15 Ian Bibby (GBr) Team Halfords 1  
Points Classification
1 Michel Merlo (Ita) Barloworld 24 pts
2 Chris Sutton (Aus) Garmin-Slipstream 22  
3 Martin Reimer (Ger) Cervelo Test Team 21  
4 Alexander Kristoff (Nor) Joker Bianchi 18  
5 Pieter Vanspeybrouck (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen 17  
6 Russell Downing (GBr) Candi-TV-Marshalls Pasta 16  
7 Kai Reus (Ned) Rabobank 15  
8 Malcolm Elliott (GBr) Candi-TV-Marshalls Pasta 14  
9 Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Team Columbia-HTC 13  
10 Ben Swift (GBr) Team Katusha 13  
11 Reinier Honig (Ned) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team 12  
12 Danilo Napolitano (Ita) Team Katusha 11  
13 Ian Wilkinson (GBr) Team Halfords 10  
14 Pierpaolo De Negri (Ita) ISD-Neri 8  
15 Lloyd Mondory (Fra) Ag2r La Mondiale 8  
16 Tim Mertens (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen 6  
17 Davide Appollonio (Ita) Cervelo Test Team 5  
18 Koldo Fernandez (Spa) Euskatel Euskadi 4  
19 Daniel Lloyd (GBr) Cervelo Test Team 2  
20 Ian Stannard (GBr) ISD-Neri 1  
Sprint Classification
1 Thomas De Gendt (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen 28 pts
2 Kai Reus (Ned) Rabobank 11  
3 Martin Mortensen (Den) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team 9  
4 Tanel Kangert (Est) Ag2r La Mondiale 4  
5 Alexander Kristoff (Nor) Joker Bianchi 4  
6 Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Team Columbia-HTC 2  
7 Russell Downing (GBr) Candi-TV-Marshalls Pasta 2  
8 Trent Lowe (Aus) Garmin-Slipstream 2  
9 Martin Reimer (Ger) Cervelo Test Team 1  
10 Huub Duyn (Ned) Garmin-Slipstream 1  
11 Mauricio Soler (Col) Barloworld 1  
12 Filippo Savini (Ita) CSF Navigare 1  
Teams Classification
1 Rabobank 23:19:51  
2 Cervelo Test Team 23:20:00  
3 Candi-TV-Marshalls Pasta    
4 Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team    
5 ISD-Neri    
6 Team Columbia-HTC    
7 AG2R La Mondiale 23:20:11  
8 Team Katusha    
9 Garmin-Slipstream    
10 Euskatel Euskadi    
11 Barloworld    
12 Team Halfords    
13 CSF Navigare    
14 Topsport Vlaanderen 23:20:22  
15 Agritubel    
16 Joker Bianchi    
17 Rapha Condor