Reus races to a win in Newcastle Gateshead

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.

1Kai Reus (Ned) Rabobank3:38:32 
2Alexander Kristoff (Nor) Joker Bianchi0:00:09 
3Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Team Columbia-HTC  
4Martin Reimer (Ger) Cervelo Test Team  
5Danilo Napolitano (Ita) Team Katusha  
6Michel Merlo (Ita) Barloworld  
7Malcolm Elliott (GBr) Candi-TV-Marshalls Pasta  
8Pierpaolo De Negri (Ita) ISD-Neri  
9Chris Sutton (Aus) Garmin-Slipstream  
10Pieter Vanspeybrouck (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen  
11Davide Appollonio (Ita) Cervelo Test Team  
12Russell Downing (GBr) Candi-TV-Marshalls Pasta  
13Ian Wilkinson (GBr) Team Halfords  
14Reinier Honig (Ned) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team  
15Koldo Fernandez (Spa) Euskatel Euskadi  
16Graeme Brown (Aus) Rabobank  
17Kristian House (GBr) Rapha Condor  
18Federico Canuti (Ita) CSF Navigare  
19Alan Marangoni (Ita) CSF Navigare  
20Javier Aramendia (Spa) Euskatel Euskadi  
21Graham Briggs (GBr) Candi-TV-Marshalls Pasta  
22Peter Williams (GBr) Candi-TV-Marshalls Pasta  
23Ian Stannard (GBr) ISD-Neri  
24Rob Ruygh (Ned) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team  
25Simon Clarke (Aus) ISD-Neri  
26Renaud Dion (Fra) Ag2r La Mondiale  
27Daniel Lloyd (GBr) Cervelo Test Team  
28Geoffroy Lequatre (Fra) Agritubel  
29Simon Holt (GBr) Candi-TV-Marshalls Pasta  
30Tom Stamsnijder (Ned) Rabobank  
31Tom Peterson (USA) Garmin-Slipstream  
32Kim Kirchen (Lux) Team Columbia-HTC  
33Lloyd Mondory (Fra) Ag2r La Mondiale  
34Tony Martin (Ger) Team Columbia-HTC  
35Geraint Thomas (GBr) Barloworld  
36Filippo Pozzato (Ita) Team Katusha  
37Arnoud Van Groen (Ned) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team  
38Robert Hayles (GBr) Team Halfords  
39Serge Pauwels (Bel) Cervelo Test Team  
40Lars Petter Nordhaug (Nor) Joker Bianchi0:00:20 
41Andrew Tennant (GBr) Team Halfords  
42Huub Duyn (Ned) Garmin-Slipstream  
43Grischa Niermann (Ger) Rabobank  
44Evgueni Petrov (Rus) Team Katusha  
45Mark McNally (GBr) Team Halfords  
46Tom Southam (GBr) Rapha Condor  
47Ivan Velasco (Spa) Euskatel Euskadi  
48James Sampson (GBr) Candi-TV-Marshalls Pasta  
49Christophe Laurent (Fra) Agritubel  
50Chris Newton (GBr) Rapha Condor  
51Dan Fleeman (GBr) Cervelo Test Team  
52Kristof Vandewalle (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen  
53Vladimir Karpets (Rus) Team Katusha  
54Maxime Monfort (Bel) Team Columbia-HTC  
55Steven Cummings (GBr) Barloworld  
56Tim Mertens (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen  
57Bart Vanheule (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen  
58Thomas Lovkvist (Swe) Team Columbia-HTC  
59Gert Dockx (Bel) Team Columbia-HTC  
60Simon Richardson (GBr) Rapha Condor  
61Carlo Sconamiglio (Ita) Barloworld  
62Svein Erik Vold (Nor) Joker Bianchi  
63Cyril Dessel (Fra) Ag2r La Mondiale  
64Dan Craven (Nam) Rapha Condor  
65Sondre G Sortveit (Nor) Joker Bianchi  
66Nicolas Vogondy (Fra) Agritubel  
67Bartozs Huzarsky (Pol) ISD-Neri  
68Laurens Ten Dam (Ned) Rabobank  
69Blaise Sonnery (Fra) Ag2r La Mondiale  
70Davide Ricci Bitti (Ita) ISD-Neri  
71Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) CSF Navigare  
72Mauricio Soler (Col) Barloworld  
73Sergio De Lis (Spa) Euskatel Euskadi  
74Aitor Galdos (Spa) Euskatel Euskadi  
75Emilien Berges (Fra) Agritubel  
76Michael Golas (Pol) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team  
77Frederik Wilmann (Nor) Joker Bianchi  
78Stian Remme (Nor) Joker Bianchi  
79Nicolas Roche (Irl) Ag2r La Mondiale  
80Alessandro Colo (Ita) ISD-Neri  
81Martin Mortensen (Den) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team  
82Ian Bibby (GBr) Team Halfords  
83Freddy Bichot (Fra) Agritubel  
84Thomas Berkhout (Ned) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team  
85Mauro Finetto (Ita) CSF Navigare  
86Christopher Froome (GBr) Barloworld  
87Edward Clancy (GBr) Team Halfords  
88Tom Criel (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen  
89Ben Swift (GBr) Team Katusha  
90Bradley Wiggins (GBr) Garmin-Slipstream  
91Filippo Savini (Ita) CSF Navigare0:00:49 
92Brice Feillu (Fra) Agritubel0:00:20 
93Tanel Kangert (Est) Ag2r La Mondiale0:01:04 
94Enrico Zen (Ita) CSF Navigare0:01:30 
95Josu Agirre (Spa) Euskatel Euskadi  
96Thomas De Gendt (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen0:02:10 
97Darren Lapthorne (Aus) Rapha Condor0:03:40 
98Trent Lowe (Aus) Garmin-Slipstream0:06:11 
99Oscar Pujol Munoz (Spa) Cervelo Test Team  
DNSRiccardo Van Der Velde (Ned) Garmin- Slipstream  
KoM Cat 3 - Aykley Heads
1Tom Southam (GBr) Rapha Condor4pts
2Geraint Thomas (GBr) Barloworld3 
3Steven Cummings (GBr) Barloworld2 
4Cyril Dessel (Fra) Ag2r La Mondiale1 
KoM Cat 3 - Langley
1Thomas De Gendt (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen4pts
2Tanel Kangert (Est) Ag2r La Mondiale3 
3Kai Reus (Ned) Rabobank2 
4Kristof Vandewalle (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen1 
Sprint: Harelaw
1Thomas De Gendt (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen5pts
2Kai Reus (Ned) Rabobank3 
3Tanel Kangert (Est) Ag2r La Mondiale2 
4Filippo Savini (Ita) CSF Navigare1 
KoM Cat 3: High Barns
1Thomas De Gendt (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen4pts
2Kai Reus (Ned) Rabobank3 
3Tanel Kangert (Est) Ag2r La Mondiale2 
4Martin Mortensen (Den) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team1 
Sprint: Morpeth
1Kai Reus (Ned) Rabobank5pts
2Thomas De Gendt (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen3 
3Tanel Kangert (Est) Ag2r La Mondiale2 
4Mauricio Soler (Col) Barloworld1 
Sprint: Seaton Sluice
1Thomas De Gendt (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen5pts
2Kai Reus (Ned) Rabobank3 
3Trent Lowe (Aus) Garmin-Slipstream2 
4Huub Duyn (Ned) Garmin-Slipstream1 
Combativity Award
1Thomas De Gendt (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen  
2Candi-TV-Marshalls Pasta0:00:09 
3Cervelo Test Team  
5Team Columbia-HTC  
6Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team  
8Euskatel Euskadi  
9Team Katusha  
10Team Halfords  
12CSF Navigare  
13Ag2r La Mondiale  
14Joker Bianchi0:00:31 
15Rapha Condor  
16Topsport Vlaanderen  
General Classification
1Kai Reus (Ned) Rabobank7:46:14 
2Chris Sutton (Aus) Garmin-Slipstream0:00:16 
3Alexander Kristoff (Nor) Joker Bianchi0:00:19 
4Michel Merlo (Ita) Barloworld0:00:20 
5Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Team Columbia-HTC0:00:21 
6Russell Downing (GBr) Candi-TV-Marshalls Pasta0:00:25 
7Martin Reimer (Ger) Cervelo Test Team0:00:26 
8Pieter Vanspeybrouck (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen  
9Malcolm Elliott (GBr) Candi-TV-Marshalls Pasta  
10Reinier Honig (Ned) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team  
11Danilo Napolitano (Ita) Team Katusha  
12Ian Wilkinson (GBr) Team Halfords  
13Koldo Fernandez (Spa) Euskatel Euskadi  
14Davide Appollonio (Ita) Cervelo Test Team  
15Graeme Brown (Aus) Rabobank  
16Pierpaolo De Negri (Ita) ISD-Neri  
17Alan Marangoni (Ita) CSF Navigare  
18Ian Stannard (GBr) ISD-Neri  
19Daniel Lloyd (GBr) Cervelo Test Team  
20Lloyd Mondory (Fra) Ag2r La Mondiale  
21Kristian House (GBr) Rapha Condor  
22Simon Clarke (Aus) ISD-Neri  
23Peter Williams (GBr) Candi-TV-Marshalls Pasta  
24Renaud Dion (Fra) Ag2r La Mondiale  
25Rob Ruygh (Ned) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team  
26Kim Kirchen (Lux) Team Columbia-HTC  
27Javier Aramendia (Spa) Euskatel Euskadi  
28Serge Pauwels (Bel) Cervelo Test Team  
29Geoffroy Lequatre (Fra) Agritubel  
30Arnoud Van Groen (Ned) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team  
31Federico Canuti (Ita) CSF Navigare  
32Tom Peterson (USA) Garmin-Slipstream  
33Geraint Thomas (GBr) Barloworld  
34Graham Briggs (GBr) Candi-TV-Marshalls Pasta  
35Filippo Pozzato (Ita) Team Katusha  
36Simon Holt (GBr) Candi-TV-Marshalls Pasta  
37Tom Stamsnijder (Ned) Rabobank  
38Tony Martin (Ger) Team Columbia-HTC  
39Martin Mortensen (Den) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team0:00:31 
40Ben Swift (GBr) Team Katusha0:00:33 
41Tim Mertens (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen0:00:37 
42Grischa Niermann (Ger) Rabobank  
43Andrew Tennant (GBr) Team Halfords  
44Christophe Laurent (Fra) Agritubel  
45Ivan Velasco (Spa) Euskatel Euskadi  
46Lars Petter Nordhaug (Nor) Joker Bianchi  
47Tom Southam (GBr) Rapha Condor  
48Michael Golas (Pol) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team  
49Bartozs Huzarsky (Pol) ISD-Neri  
50Huub Duyn (Ned) Garmin-Slipstream  
51Simon Richardson (GBr) Rapha Condor  
52Mark McNally (GBr) Team Halfords  
53Thomas Berkhout (Ned) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team  
54Nicolas Roche (Irl) Ag2r La Mondiale  
55Freddy Bichot (Fra) Agritubel  
56Carlo Sconamiglio (Ita) Barloworld  
57Vladimir Karpets (Rus) Team Katusha  
58Kristof Vandewalle (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen  
59Sondre G Sortveit (Nor) Joker Bianchi  
60Chris Newton (GBr) Rapha Condor  
61Steven Cummings (GBr) Barloworld  
62Thomas Lovkvist (Swe) Team Columbia-HTC  
63Brice Feillu (Fra) Agritubel  
64Maxime Monfort (Bel) Team Columbia-HTC  
65Laurens Ten Dam (Ned) Rabobank  
66Blaise Sonnery (Fra) Ag2r La Mondiale  
67Dan Fleeman (GBr) Cervelo Test Team  
68Stian Remme (Nor) Joker Bianchi  
69Christopher Froome (GBr) Barloworld  
70Tom Criel (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen  
71Bart Vanheule (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen  
72Aitor Galdos (Spa) Euskatel Euskadi  
73James Sampson (GBr) Candi-TV-Marshalls Pasta  
74Gert Dockx (Bel) Team Columbia-HTC  
75Evgueni Petrov (Rus) Team Katusha  
76Davide Ricci Bitti (Ita) ISD-Neri  
77Cyril Dessel (Fra) Ag2r La Mondiale  
78Nicolas Vogondy (Fra) Agritubel  
79Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) CSF Navigare  
80Emilien Berges (Fra) Agritubel  
81Mauro Finetto (Ita) CSF Navigare  
82Mauricio Soler (Col) Barloworld  
83Dan Craven (Nam) Rapha Condor  
84Edward Clancy (GBr) Team Halfords  
85Sergio De Lis (Spa) Euskatel Euskadi  
86Frederik Wilmann (Nor) Joker Bianchi  
87Alessandro Colo (Ita) ISD-Neri  
88Bradley Wiggins (GBr) Garmin-Slipstream  
89Filippo Savini (Ita) CSF Navigare0:01:06 
90Tanel Kangert (Est) Ag2r La Mondiale0:01:19 
91Enrico Zen (Ita) CSF Navigare0:01:47 
92Josu Agirre (Spa) Euskatel Euskadi  
93Thomas De Gendt (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen0:04:40 
94Oscar Pujol Munoz (Spa) Cervelo Test Team0:06:28 
95Ian Bibby (GBr) Team Halfords0:15:38 
96Robert Hayles (GBr) Team Halfords0:15:48 
97Svein Erik Vold (Nor) Joker Bianchi0:15:59 
98Darren Lapthorne (Aus) Rapha Condor0:18:55 
99Trent Lowe (Aus) Garmin-Slipstream0:21:49 
Mountains Classification
1Thomas De Gendt (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen21pts
2Martin Mortensen (Den) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team17 
3Tom Southam (GBr) Rapha Condor13 
4Kai Reus (Ned) Rabobank5 
5Tanel Kangert (Est) Ag2r La Mondiale5 
6Thomas Lovkvist (Swe) Team Columbia-HTC4 
7Geraint Thomas (GBr) Barloworld3 
8Graham Briggs (GBr) Candi-TV-Marshalls Pasta3 
9Steven Cummings (GBr) Barloworld2 
10Christopher Froome (GBr) Barloworld2 
11Bradley Wiggins (GBr) Garmin-Slipstream2 
12Serge Pauwels (Bel) Cervelo Test Team1 
13Kristof Vandewalle (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen1 
14Cyril Dessel (Fra) Ag2r La Mondiale1 
15Ian Bibby (GBr) Team Halfords1 
Points Classification
1Michel Merlo (Ita) Barloworld24pts
2Chris Sutton (Aus) Garmin-Slipstream22 
3Martin Reimer (Ger) Cervelo Test Team21 
4Alexander Kristoff (Nor) Joker Bianchi18 
5Pieter Vanspeybrouck (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen17 
6Russell Downing (GBr) Candi-TV-Marshalls Pasta16 
7Kai Reus (Ned) Rabobank15 
8Malcolm Elliott (GBr) Candi-TV-Marshalls Pasta14 
9Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Team Columbia-HTC13 
10Ben Swift (GBr) Team Katusha13 
11Reinier Honig (Ned) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team12 
12Danilo Napolitano (Ita) Team Katusha11 
13Ian Wilkinson (GBr) Team Halfords10 
14Pierpaolo De Negri (Ita) ISD-Neri8 
15Lloyd Mondory (Fra) Ag2r La Mondiale8 
16Tim Mertens (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen6 
17Davide Appollonio (Ita) Cervelo Test Team5 
18Koldo Fernandez (Spa) Euskatel Euskadi4 
19Daniel Lloyd (GBr) Cervelo Test Team2 
20Ian Stannard (GBr) ISD-Neri1 
Sprint Classification
1Thomas De Gendt (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen28pts
2Kai Reus (Ned) Rabobank11 
3Martin Mortensen (Den) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team9 
4Tanel Kangert (Est) Ag2r La Mondiale4 
5Alexander Kristoff (Nor) Joker Bianchi4 
6Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Team Columbia-HTC2 
7Russell Downing (GBr) Candi-TV-Marshalls Pasta2 
8Trent Lowe (Aus) Garmin-Slipstream2 
9Martin Reimer (Ger) Cervelo Test Team1 
10Huub Duyn (Ned) Garmin-Slipstream1 
11Mauricio Soler (Col) Barloworld1 
12Filippo Savini (Ita) CSF Navigare1 
Teams Classification
2Cervelo Test Team23:20:00 
3Candi-TV-Marshalls Pasta  
4Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team  
6Team Columbia-HTC  
7AG2R La Mondiale23:20:11 
8Team Katusha  
10Euskatel Euskadi  
12Team Halfords  
13CSF Navigare  
14Topsport Vlaanderen23:20:22 
16Joker Bianchi  
17Rapha Condor  


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