Tour of Britain: Vermote wins in Kendal

Julien Vermote (Etixx-QuickStep) claimed stage victory and the yellow jersey on day two of the Tour of Britain, while Steve Cummings (Dimension Data) signalled his intentions for final overall victory with a powerful display as he took second place on the tough leg to Kendal.

The 167-kilometre stage was run off in wet conditions, as it brought the peloton from Carlise through the rugged terrain of the Lake District, and it was always likely to prove a day for the strongmen.

Vermote was among the survivors of the 15-man break that went up the road early on and stayed out in front for the duration, while Cummings was impressive in forging across to the reduced front group over the top of the day’s principal difficulty, the Struggle.

Cummings was able to shake loose men of the calibre of Dan Martin (Etixx-QuickStep) and Tom Dumoulin (Giant-Alpecin) as he soloed across to the five leaders with 14 kilometres remaining, though the group swelled to eight shortly afterwards.

The Briton, however, seemed a man on a mission, and he attacked three times in quick succession on the rolling terrain near Kendal. Cummings' decisive acceleration came on a rise with 12 kilometre remaining, and only Vermote could hold his wheel. "I knew I couldn't give Cummings a metre, I had to follow him," Vermote said of the man who has enjoyed a remarkable four WorldTour wins this season.

With Martin now in the group behind and a punchy uphill finish to come, Vermote had reason not to collaborate, but he contributed enough to keep the move ticking over. The bulk of the heavy lifting, however, was performed by Cummings, whose prodigious efforts saw the duo open a lead of 40 seconds with 5 kilometres remaining.

With the general classification in mind, Cummings led into the final kilometre and kept piling on the pressure on the front as the road began to rise with 800 metres remaining. Vermote, meanwhile, was happy to bide his time, and he coolly jumped around the English just as the gradient began to relax with 200 metres to go.

Cummings was unable to respond and had to settle for second on the stage, four seconds down on Vermote, who also divested André Greipel (Lotto Soudal) of the yellow jersey. Dan Martin punched the air in celebration of his teammate Vermote's win as he crossed the line in 3rd place, 58 seconds down, ahead of Xandro Meurisse (Wanty Groupe Gobert), Tony Gallopin (Lotto Soudal) and Ben Swift (Team Sky).

The 27-year-old Vermote's last victory came at the Tour of Britain in 2014, when he won into Brighton. "It's always nice to win and particularly here, because I have a special feeling with this tour," Verrmote said. "I had a lot of motivation to come here but it’s never easy to win. There was a big group early on and it was a very tough stage because it was up and down all day. And then the last official climb was very hard."

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Greipel on the offensive

Speaking to Cyclingnews before the start, race leader André Greipel said that he had no intention of defending his jersey and would instead ride in support of teammate Tony Gallopin. Given the difficulty of controlling a race on such terrain, Greipel figured the best course of action was to get up the road ahead of his teammate, and he was duly part of the 15-man move that forged clear in the opening hour.

Greipel was joined in the move by Vermote, Johann Van Zyl (Dimension Data), Nicolas Roche (Sky), Loic Vliegen (BMC), Ryan Mullen (Cannondale-Drapc) Miguel Angel Benito, Hector Saez (Caja Rural-Seguros RGA), Conor Dunne (JTL-Condor), Xandro Meurisse (Wanty Groupe Gobert), Jochem Hoekstra, Martijn Tusveld (Giant-Alpecin), Tom Leezer, Bert-Jan Lindeman (LottoNL-Jumbo), Marco Coledan and Jacopo Mosca (Trek-Segafredo), and they established a maximum lead of four minutes, while Movistar led the chase behind.

The escapees' lead gradually dwindled as they tackled the Whinlatter Pass and Chestnut Hill, but they still had a little over a minute in hand as they entered the final 30 kilometres and began the day’s principal difficulty, the mist-shrouded category 1 ascent of the Struggle.

Greipel, who won each of the day’s intermediate sprints, was among the riders to be distanced on the tough ascent thanks to the forcing of Meurisse, and by the top, only Roche, Vermote, Mosca and Lindeman remained in front with the Belgian.

The main peloton, meanwhile, also fragmented on the climb, as Dimension Data gave chase in support of Cummings, though Rohan Dennis (BMC) was the most impressive rider on the Struggle. The Australian powered away through low cloud and bridge across to the break shortly after the summit, though he would be joined by a number of other strongmen on the rolling approach to the line, including Cummings, Martin, Tom Dumoulin (Giant-Alpecin) and Ben Swift (Sky).

It was clear, however, that Cummings would keep attacking until their number was reduced. Climbers of the quality of Martin and Dumoulin had already suffered on the 35-year-old’s wheel, and ultimately only Vermote had the legs to match him – and beat him – in the finale.

In the general classification, Vermote holds a lead of just 6 seconds over Cummings, while Martin is a threat at 1:04, four seconds up on Meurisse, Swift and Gallopin. The race continues on Tuesday with another tough leg over the Cat and Fiddle climb to Tatton Park, Knutsford.

Full Results

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#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Julien Vermote (Bel) Etixx - Quick-Step4:40:50
2Stephen Cummings (GBr) Dimension Data0:00:02
3Daniel Martin (Irl) Etixx - Quick-Step0:00:58
4Xandro Meurisse (Bel) Wanty - Groupe GobertRow 3 - Cell 2
5Tony Gallopin (Fra) Lotto SoudalRow 4 - Cell 2
6Ben Swift (GBr) Team SkyRow 5 - Cell 2
7Guillaume Martin (Fra) Wanty - Groupe Gobert0:01:02
8Tom Dumoulin (Ned) Team Giant-AlpecinRow 7 - Cell 2
9Dylan Van Baarle (Ned) Cannondale-DrapacRow 8 - Cell 2
10Jacopo Mosca (Ita) Trek-Segafredo0:01:06
11Nicolas Roche (Irl) Team Sky0:01:07
12Rohan Dennis (Aus) BMC Racing TeamRow 11 - Cell 2
13Mark Christian (GBr) Team WIGGINS0:02:50
14Ruben Zepuntke (Ger) Cannondale-Drapac0:04:23
15Edmund Bradbury (GBr) NFTO0:04:27
16Erick Rowsell (GBr) Madison Genesis0:04:29
17Marco Marcato (Ita) Wanty - Groupe Gobert0:04:31
18Ian Bibby (GBr) NFTORow 17 - Cell 2
19Dion Smith (NZl) ONE Pro CyclingRow 18 - Cell 2
20Amets Txurruka (Spa) Orica-BikeExchange0:04:33
21Jack Bauer (NZl) Cannondale-DrapacRow 20 - Cell 2
22Tao Geoghegan Hart (GBr) Great BritainRow 21 - Cell 2
23Lukasz Wisniowski (Pol) Etixx - Quick-StepRow 22 - Cell 2
24James Shaw (GBr) Lotto SoudalRow 23 - Cell 2
25Giovanni Visconti (Ita) Movistar TeamRow 24 - Cell 2
26Steven Lampier (GBr) JLT CondorRow 25 - Cell 2
27Edoardo Zardini (Ita) Bardiani CSFRow 26 - Cell 2
28Sebastian Langeveld (Ned) Cannondale-Drapac0:04:43
29Thomas Stewart (GBr) Madison Genesis0:04:45
30Daniel Pearson (GBr) Team WIGGINSRow 29 - Cell 2
31Miguel Angel Benito (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA0:04:49
32Loic Vliegen (Bel) BMC Racing TeamRow 31 - Cell 2
33Domingos Gonçalves (Por) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA0:04:53
34Thomas Leezer (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo0:04:55
35Martijn Tusveld (Ned) Team Giant-AlpecinRow 34 - Cell 2
36Hector Saez (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA0:04:59
37Jochem Hoekstra (Ned) Team Giant-Alpecin0:05:18
38Russell Downing (GBr) JLT Condor0:05:21
39Nicolas Vereecken (Bel) An Post-ChainreactionRow 38 - Cell 2
40Gorka Izaguirre (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 39 - Cell 2
41Carlos Barbero (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGARow 40 - Cell 2
42Enrico Gasparotto (Ita) Wanty - Groupe GobertRow 41 - Cell 2
43Francesco Manuel Bongiorno (Ita) Bardiani CSFRow 42 - Cell 2
44Matthew Holmes (GBr) Madison Genesis0:05:26
45Alistair Slater (GBr) JLT CondorRow 44 - Cell 2
46Diego Rubio (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA0:05:29
47Amaël Moinard (Fra) BMC Racing Team0:05:33
48Maarten Wynants (Bel) Team LottoNl-Jumbo0:05:35
49Robert Power (Aus) Orica-BikeExchangeRow 48 - Cell 2
50Bertjan Lindeman (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo0:05:49
51Wouter Poels (Ned) Team Sky0:11:58
52Jonathan Dibben (GBr) Team WIGGINS0:13:03
53Mark Stewart (GBr) Great BritainRow 52 - Cell 2
54Robert Partridge (GBr) NFTORow 53 - Cell 2
55Roy Curvers (Ned) Team Giant-AlpecinRow 54 - Cell 2
56Luka Mezgec (Slo) Orica-BikeExchangeRow 55 - Cell 2
57Karol Domagalski (Pol) ONE Pro CyclingRow 56 - Cell 2
58Rick Zabel (Ger) BMC Racing TeamRow 57 - Cell 2
59Ian Stannard (GBr) Team SkyRow 58 - Cell 2
60Oliver Ket-Spark (Aus) An Post-ChainreactionRow 59 - Cell 2
61André Greipel (Ger) Lotto SoudalRow 60 - Cell 2
62Daniel Mclay (GBr) Great BritainRow 61 - Cell 2
63Dylan Groenewegen (Ned) Team LottoNl-JumboRow 62 - Cell 2
64Nicola Boem (Ita) Bardiani CSFRow 63 - Cell 2
65Johann Van Zyl (RSA) Dimension DataRow 64 - Cell 2
66Javier Moreno (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 65 - Cell 2
67Conor Dunne (Irl) JLT CondorRow 66 - Cell 2
68Mark Cavendish (GBr) Dimension Data0:13:43
69Paolo Simion (Ita) Bardiani CSF0:14:47
70Mark Mcnally (GBr) Wanty - Groupe GobertRow 69 - Cell 2
71Ryan Mullen (Irl) Cannondale-DrapacRow 70 - Cell 2
72Oliver Wood (GBr) Great BritainRow 71 - Cell 2
73Jacob Scott (GBr) An Post-ChainreactionRow 72 - Cell 2
74Caleb Ewan (Aus) Orica-BikeExchangeRow 73 - Cell 2
75Adam Blythe (GBr) Great BritainRow 74 - Cell 2
76Steele Von Hoff (Aus) ONE Pro CyclingRow 75 - Cell 2
77Ramon Sinkeldam (Ned) Team Giant-AlpecinRow 76 - Cell 2
78Javier Aramendia (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGARow 77 - Cell 2
79Taylor Karl Gunman (NZl) Madison GenesisRow 78 - Cell 2
80Paul Martens (Ger) Team LottoNl-JumboRow 79 - Cell 2
81Eugenio Alafaci (Ita) Trek-SegafredoRow 80 - Cell 2
82Danny Van Poppel (Ned) Team SkyRow 81 - Cell 2
83Nicola Ruffoni (Ita) Bardiani CSFRow 82 - Cell 2
84Giacomo Nizzolo (Ita) Trek-SegafredoRow 83 - Cell 2
85Thomas Moses (GBr) JLT CondorRow 84 - Cell 2
86Marco Coledan (Ita) Trek-SegafredoRow 85 - Cell 2
87Boy Van Poppel (Ned) Trek-SegafredoRow 86 - Cell 2
88Mark Renshaw (Aus) Dimension DataRow 87 - Cell 2
89Liam Stones (GBr) NFTORow 88 - Cell 2
90Damien Shaw (Irl) An Post-ChainreactionRow 89 - Cell 2
91Robert Wagner (Ger) Team LottoNl-JumboRow 90 - Cell 2
92Juan Jose Lobato (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 91 - Cell 2
93Gabriel Cullaigh (GBr) Great BritainRow 92 - Cell 2
94Jens Debusschere (Bel) Lotto SoudalRow 93 - Cell 2
95Dale Appleby (GBr) NFTORow 94 - Cell 2
96Jasper De Buyst (Bel) Lotto SoudalRow 95 - Cell 2
97Maximiliano Richeze (Arg) Etixx - Quick-StepRow 96 - Cell 2
98Jay Robert Thomson (RSA) Dimension DataRow 97 - Cell 2
99Jonathan Mcevoy (GBr) NFTORow 98 - Cell 2
100Marcel Sieberg (Ger) Lotto SoudalRow 99 - Cell 2
101Jasper Bovenhuis (Ned) An Post-ChainreactionRow 100 - Cell 2
102Taylor Phinney (USA) BMC Racing TeamRow 101 - Cell 2
103Bernhard Eisel (Aut) Dimension DataRow 102 - Cell 2
104Taylor Eisenhart (USA) BMC Racing TeamRow 103 - Cell 2
105Graham Briggs (GBr) JLT CondorRow 104 - Cell 2
106Alessandro Tonelli (Ita) Bardiani CSF0:16:00
107Peter Williams (GBr) ONE Pro Cycling0:21:19
108Alexandre Blain (Fra) Madison GenesisRow 107 - Cell 2
109Alex Dowsett (GBr) Movistar TeamRow 108 - Cell 2
110Tony Martin (Ger) Etixx - Quick-StepRow 109 - Cell 2
111Elia Viviani (Ita) Team SkyRow 110 - Cell 2
112Hayden Mccormick (NZl) ONE Pro Cycling0:22:51
113Jorge Arcas Pena (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 112 - Cell 2
114Kristian House (GBr) ONE Pro CyclingRow 113 - Cell 2
115Christopher Latham (GBr) Team WIGGINSRow 114 - Cell 2
116Mathew Cronshaw (GBr) Madison GenesisRow 115 - Cell 2
117Owain Doull (GBr) Team WIGGINSRow 116 - Cell 2
118Alexander Edmonson (Aus) Orica-BikeExchangeRow 117 - Cell 2
119Bradley Wiggins (GBr) Team WIGGINSRow 118 - Cell 2
120Michael Hepburn (Aus) Orica-BikeExchangeRow 119 - Cell 2
121Adrien Costa (USA) Etixx - Quick-Step0:23:21
122Emiel Wastyn (Bel) An Post-Chainreaction0:26:28
123Bjorn Thurau (Ger) Wanty - Groupe Gobert0:27:41
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Sprint 1 - Hesket Newmarket, 79.3km
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1André Greipel (Ger) Lotto Soudal3pts
2Conor Dunne (Irl) JLT Condor2Row 1 - Cell 3
3Nicolas Roche (Irl) Team Sky1Row 2 - Cell 3
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Sprint 2 - Cockermouth, 107.4km
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1André Greipel (Ger) Lotto Soudal3pts
2Conor Dunne (Irl) JLT Condor2Row 1 - Cell 3
3Ryan Mullen (Irl) Cannondale-Drapac1Row 2 - Cell 3
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Sprint 3 - Grasmere, 149.4km
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1André Greipel (Ger) Lotto Soudal3pts
2Conor Dunne (Irl) JLT Condor2Row 1 - Cell 3
3Bertjan Lindeman (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo1Row 2 - Cell 3
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Mountain 1 - Whinlatter Pass, 119.8km
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Nicolas Roche (Irl) Team Sky6pts
2Jochem Hoekstra (Ned) Team Giant-Alpecin5Row 1 - Cell 3
3Jacopo Mosca (Ita) Trek-Segafredo4Row 2 - Cell 3
4Xandro Meurisse (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert3Row 3 - Cell 3
5Martijn Tusveld (Ned) Team Giant-Alpecin2Row 4 - Cell 3
6Bertjan Lindeman (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo1Row 5 - Cell 3
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Mountain 2 - Chestnut Hill, 130.3km
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Xandro Meurisse (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert6pts
2Jacopo Mosca (Ita) Trek-Segafredo5Row 1 - Cell 3
3Nicolas Roche (Irl) Team Sky4Row 2 - Cell 3
4Jochem Hoekstra (Ned) Team Giant-Alpecin3Row 3 - Cell 3
5Marco Coledan (Ita) Trek-Segafredo2Row 4 - Cell 3
6André Greipel (Ger) Lotto Soudal1Row 5 - Cell 3
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Mountain 3 - The Struggle, 160.5km
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Xandro Meurisse (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert10pts
2Nicolas Roche (Irl) Team Sky9Row 1 - Cell 3
3Jacopo Mosca (Ita) Trek-Segafredo8Row 2 - Cell 3
4Bertjan Lindeman (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo7Row 3 - Cell 3
5Julien Vermote (Bel) Etixx - Quick-Step6Row 4 - Cell 3
6Rohan Dennis (Aus) BMC Racing Team5Row 5 - Cell 3
7Jochem Hoekstra (Ned) Team Giant-Alpecin4Row 6 - Cell 3
8Tom Dumoulin (Ned) Team Giant-Alpecin3Row 7 - Cell 3
9Daniel Martin (Irl) Etixx - Quick-Step2Row 8 - Cell 3
10Tony Gallopin (Fra) Lotto Soudal1Row 9 - Cell 3
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General classification after stage 2
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Julien Vermote (Bel) Etixx - Quick-Step8:33:20
2Stephen Cummings (GBr) Dimension Data0:00:06
3Daniel Martin (Irl) Etixx - Quick-Step0:01:04
4Xandro Meurisse (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert0:01:08
5Ben Swift (GBr) Team SkyRow 4 - Cell 2
6Tony Gallopin (Fra) Lotto SoudalRow 5 - Cell 2
7Dylan Van Baarle (Ned) Cannondale-Drapac0:01:12
8Guillaume Martin (Fra) Wanty - Groupe GobertRow 7 - Cell 2
9Tom Dumoulin (Ned) Team Giant-AlpecinRow 8 - Cell 2
10Nicolas Roche (Irl) Team Sky0:01:16
11Jacopo Mosca (Ita) Trek-SegafredoRow 10 - Cell 2
12Rohan Dennis (Aus) BMC Racing Team0:01:17
13Mark Christian (GBr) Team WIGGINS0:03:00
14Ruben Zepuntke (Ger) Cannondale-Drapac0:04:33
15Edmund Bradbury (GBr) NFTO0:04:37
16Erick Rowsell (GBr) Madison Genesis0:04:39
17Ian Bibby (GBr) NFTO0:04:41
18Dion Smith (NZl) ONE Pro CyclingRow 17 - Cell 2
19Marco Marcato (Ita) Wanty - Groupe GobertRow 18 - Cell 2
20Jack Bauer (NZl) Cannondale-Drapac0:04:43
21Tao Geoghegan Hart (GBr) Great BritainRow 20 - Cell 2
22Steven Lampier (GBr) JLT CondorRow 21 - Cell 2
23Edoardo Zardini (Ita) Bardiani CSFRow 22 - Cell 2
24Lukasz Wisniowski (Pol) Etixx - Quick-StepRow 23 - Cell 2
25Giovanni Visconti (Ita) Movistar TeamRow 24 - Cell 2
26Amets Txurruka (Spa) Orica-BikeExchangeRow 25 - Cell 2
27James Shaw (GBr) Lotto SoudalRow 26 - Cell 2
28Sebastian Langeveld (Ned) Cannondale-Drapac0:04:53
29Daniel Pearson (GBr) Team WIGGINS0:04:55