Tour of Britain: Viviani wins stage 2

Elia Viviani (Team Sky) was declared the winner of stage 2 of the Tour of Britain 45 minutes after a hotly contested sprint in Blyth, with race judges finally deciding to relegate Edvald Boasson Hagen (Dimension Data) for cutting across the road ahead of the Italian in sight of the finish line.

The Norwegian started his sprint down the middle of the road but changed his line, failing to allow Viviani enough space along the barriers. The Italian protested after crossing the line in second place.

Judges have been forced to rule on several controversial sprints this season, and as in the Tour de France when they kick Peter Sagan out of the race, they carefully watched the television replay of the sprint and eventually decided that Boasson Hagen's move had been excessive.

Viviani was declared the winner with Dylan Groenewegen (LottoNL-Jumbo) moving up to second and Fernando Gaviria (Quick-Step Floors) into third.

“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," Viviani said after he was declared the winner. "We have a really strong leadout, Tao is the youngest, but he is one of the best talents in British cycling and he has done two days on the front for me.

Thanks to the 10-second time bonus, Viviani also took the overall race lead and so will wear the green jersey during Tuesday's 178km third stage is from Normanby Hall Country Park to Scunthorpe.

A long day out before a controversial finish

The riders faced a long day in the saddle on stage 2, with an 8.7km neutralised sector coming before 211.7km in the rolling roads of the Northeast of England from Kielder Water Forest Park to Blyth on the coast in the longest stage of the race.

The sprinters and their teams were ready to control the racing but the lesser-known British teams were keen to be in the spotlight of the full live television coverage.

A seven-rider break away jumped clear when the flag dropped and formed the move of the day. In there were Lukasz Owsian (CCC Sprandi) defending the climber's competition leader's jersey, plus Rory Townsend (Bike Channel-Canyon), Graham Briggs (JLT Condor), Matt Holmes (Madison Genesis), Kamil Gradek (One Pro Cycling), Jacob Scott (An Post ChainReaction) and Silvan Dillier (BMC). Briggs, Scott, and Owsian had all been in the break on stage 1.

The seven in the break fought for each sprint and climb during the stage either hunting a jersey or defending that of a teammate in the peloton. Graham Briggs (JLT Condor) was especially active in both competitions. He did enough to equal the points total of Karol Domagalski (One Pro Cycling) but the Polish rider kept hold of the jersey on the tie breaker. Jacob Scott (An Post) drew level on points with Owsian at the top of climber's competition standings but Owsian kept the jersey after a count-back.

The seven perhaps also fancied their chances of fighting for the stage victory. However Team Sky, Orica-Scott and Dimension Data never let them gain more than five minutes and gradually reeled them, with young riders Rob Power (Orica Scott) and Tao Geoghegan Hart (Team Sky) doing long stints on the front of the peloton.

After several desperate attacks from the breakaway, Holmes attacked alone and it proved to be the start of a rapid downfall, with the gap quickly falling below a minute. Soon after the rest of the break was swept up and so was Holmes after holding on to take the final sprint in Seaton Sluice with 16km to go.

The sprint trains then took over, with Tony Martin doing huge turns for Kristoff and Vasil Kiryienka using his power for Team Sky and Viviani. Philippe Gilbert (Quick-Step Floors) tried a solo attack with 8.5km, perhaps testing his form and stating his case in the Belgian team selected today for the world road race championships in Norway.

Geraint Thomas helped close the gap on the Belgian for Team Sky with five kilometres to go and the British team stayed on the front. It left them with just a rider to help Viviani in the final kilometre but he was well placed when the sprint started. The Italian went along the barriers, taking the shortest line as Boasson Hagen went down the middle and then moved across.

If the Norwegian had perhaps held his line he would have won. Instead, he could only apologise for his move and accept relegation to the back of the peloton.

Full Results

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#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Elia Viviani (Ita) Team Sky5:16:32
2Dylan Groenewegen (Ned) Team LottoNl-JumboRow 1 - Cell 2
3Fernando Gaviria (Col) Quick-Step FloorsRow 2 - Cell 2
4Caleb Ewan (Aus) Orica-ScottRow 3 - Cell 2
5Alexander Kristoff (Nor) Katusha-AlpecinRow 4 - Cell 2
6Zdenek Stybar (Cze) Quick-Step FloorsRow 5 - Cell 2
7Floris Gerts (Ned) BMC Racing TeamRow 6 - Cell 2
8Roger Kluge (Ger) Orica-ScottRow 7 - Cell 2
9Marcel Sieberg (Ger) Lotto SoudalRow 8 - Cell 2
10Daniele Bennati (Ita) Movistar TeamRow 9 - Cell 2
11Ariel Maximiliano Richeze (Arg) Quick-Step FloorsRow 10 - Cell 2
12Mark Renshaw (Aus) Dimension DataRow 11 - Cell 2
13Nikolas Maes (Bel) Lotto SoudalRow 12 - Cell 2
14Steele Von Hoff (Aus) One Pro CyclingRow 13 - Cell 2
15Owain Doull (GBr) Team SkyRow 14 - Cell 2
16Alan Banaszek (Pol) CCC Sprandi PolkowiceRow 15 - Cell 2
17Andrea Pasqualon (Ita) Wanty - Groupe GobertRow 16 - Cell 2
18Christopher Lawless (GBr) Great BritainRow 17 - Cell 2
19Paolo Simion (Ita) Bardiani CSFRow 18 - Cell 2
20Michal Kwiatkowski (Pol) Team SkyRow 19 - Cell 2
21Oliver Wood (GBr) Great BritainRow 20 - Cell 2
22Gijs Van Hoecke (Bel) Team LottoNl-JumboRow 21 - Cell 2
23Jos Van Emden (Ned) Team LottoNl-JumboRow 22 - Cell 2
24Brenton Jones (Aus) JLT CondorRow 23 - Cell 2
25Nils Politt (Ger) Katusha-AlpecinRow 24 - Cell 2
26Ethan Hayter (GBr) Great BritainRow 25 - Cell 2
27Patrick Bevin (NZl) Cannondale-DrapacRow 26 - Cell 2
28Hayden Mccormick (NZl) One Pro CyclingRow 27 - Cell 2
29Enrico Barbin (Ita) Bardiani CSFRow 28 - Cell 2
30Philippe Gilbert (Bel) Quick-Step FloorsRow 29 - Cell 2
31Alex Dowsett (GBr) Movistar TeamRow 30 - Cell 2
32Tony Martin (Ger) Katusha-AlpecinRow 31 - Cell 2
33James Lowsley-Williams (GBr) Bike Channel CanyonRow 32 - Cell 2
34Victor Campenaerts (Bel) Team LottoNl-JumboRow 33 - Cell 2
35Dion Smith (NZl) Wanty - Groupe GobertRow 34 - Cell 2
36Laurens De Plus (Bel) Quick-Step FloorsRow 35 - Cell 2
37Stefan Küng (Swi) BMC Racing TeamRow 36 - Cell 2
38Mark Stewart (GBr) An Post Chain ReactionRow 37 - Cell 2
39Ryan Mullen (Irl) Cannondale-DrapacRow 38 - Cell 2
40Matthew Teggart (Irl) An Post Chain ReactionRow 39 - Cell 2
41Michael Hepburn (Aus) Orica-ScottRow 40 - Cell 2
42James Shaw (GBr) Lotto SoudalRow 41 - Cell 2
43Russell Downing (GBr) JLT CondorRow 42 - Cell 2
44Silvan Dillier (Swi) BMC Racing TeamRow 43 - Cell 2
45Mads Würtz Schmidt (Den) Katusha-AlpecinRow 44 - Cell 2
46Harry Tanfield (GBr) Bike Channel CanyonRow 45 - Cell 2
47Dylan Van Baarle (Ned) Cannondale-DrapacRow 46 - Cell 2
48Xandro Meurisse (Bel) Wanty - Groupe GobertRow 47 - Cell 2
49Luke Durbridge (Aus) Orica-ScottRow 48 - Cell 2
50Joey Rosskopf (USA) BMC Racing TeamRow 49 - Cell 2
51Brent Bookwalter (USA) BMC Racing TeamRow 50 - Cell 2
52Maciej Paterski (Pol) CCC Sprandi PolkowiceRow 51 - Cell 2
53Reto Hollenstein (Swi) Katusha-AlpecinRow 52 - Cell 2
54Geraint Thomas (GBr) Team SkyRow 53 - Cell 2
55Lars Boom (Ned) Team LottoNl-JumboRow 54 - Cell 2
56Jacob Hennessy (GBr) Great BritainRow 55 - Cell 2
57Regan Gough (NZl) An Post Chain ReactionRow 56 - Cell 2
58Alistair Slater (GBr) JLT CondorRow 57 - Cell 2
59Scott Thwaites (GBr) Dimension DataRow 58 - Cell 2
60Imanol Erviti (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 59 - Cell 2
61Gorka Izagirre (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 60 - Cell 2
62Vasil Kiryienka (Blr) Team SkyRow 61 - Cell 2
63Thomas Gibbons (USA) Wanty - Groupe GobertRow 62 - Cell 2
64Karol Domagalski (Pol) One Pro CyclingRow 63 - Cell 2
65Jonathan Castroviejo (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 64 - Cell 2
66Eric Marcotte (USA) Cylance CyclingRow 65 - Cell 2
67Peter Williams (GBr) One Pro CyclingRow 66 - Cell 2
68Tiago Machado (Por) Katusha-AlpecinRow 67 - Cell 2
69Giulio Ciccone (Ita) Bardiani CSFRow 68 - Cell 2
70Richard Handley (GBr) Madison GenesisRow 69 - Cell 2
71Senne Leysen (Bel) Lotto SoudalRow 70 - Cell 2
72Lukasz Owsian (Pol) CCC Sprandi PolkowiceRow 71 - Cell 2
73James Oram (NZl) One Pro CyclingRow 72 - Cell 2
74Hugh Carthy (GBr) Cannondale-DrapacRow 73 - Cell 2
75Dexter Gardias (GBr) Bike Channel CanyonRow 74 - Cell 2
76Enzo Wouters (Bel) Lotto SoudalRow 75 - Cell 2
77Kamil Gradek (Pol) One Pro CyclingRow 76 - Cell 2
78Daniel Martin (Irl) Quick-Step FloorsRow 77 - Cell 2
79Jan Tratnik (Slo) CCC Sprandi PolkowiceRow 78 - Cell 2
80Simone Andreetta (Ita) Bardiani CSFRow 79 - Cell 2
81Alessandro Tonelli (Ita) Bardiani CSFRow 80 - Cell 2
82Rory Sutherland (Aus) Movistar TeamRow 81 - Cell 2
83Vincenzo Albanese (Ita) Bardiani CSFRow 82 - Cell 2
84Ben Hermans (Bel) BMC Racing TeamRow 83 - Cell 2
85Davide Formolo (Ita) Cannondale-DrapacRow 84 - Cell 2
86Andres Diaz (Ven) Cylance CyclingRow 85 - Cell 2
87James Knox (GBr) Great BritainRow 86 - Cell 2
88Connor Swift (GBr) Madison GenesisRow 87 - Cell 2
89Primoz Roglic (Slo) Team LottoNl-JumboRow 88 - Cell 2
90Sean Mckenna (Irl) An Post Chain ReactionRow 89 - Cell 2
91Alexandre Blain (Fra) Madison GenesisRow 90 - Cell 2
92Jacob Scott (GBr) An Post Chain ReactionRow 91 - Cell 2
93Wesley Kreder (Ned) Wanty - Groupe GobertRow 92 - Cell 2
94Mark Mcnally (GBr) Wanty - Groupe GobertRow 93 - Cell 2
95Jonathan Mcevoy (GBr) Madison GenesisRow 94 - Cell 2
96Jay Thompson (RSA) Dimension DataRow 95 - Cell 2
97Ian Bibby (GBr) JLT CondorRow 96 - Cell 2
98Orlando Garibay (Mex) Cylance CyclingRow 97 - Cell 2
99Robert Partridge (GBr) Bike Channel CanyonRow 98 - Cell 2
100Bryan Lewis (USA) Cylance CyclingRow 99 - Cell 2
101Marcin Bialoblocki (Pol) CCC Sprandi PolkowiceRow 100 - Cell 2
102Luka Mezgec (Slo) Orica-ScottRow 101 - Cell 2
103Taylor Gunman (NZl) Madison GenesisRow 102 - Cell 2
104Damien Shaw (Irl) An Post Chain ReactionRow 103 - Cell 2
105Kyle Murphy (USA) Cylance CyclingRow 104 - Cell 2
106James Gullen (GBr) JLT CondorRow 105 - Cell 2
107Mark Cavendish (GBr) Dimension DataRow 106 - Cell 2
108Kris Boeckmans (Bel) Lotto SoudalRow 107 - Cell 2
109Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Dimension DataRow 108 - Cell 2
110Adam Hartley (GBr) Great Britain0:00:28
111Bernhard Eisel (Aut) Dimension Data0:00:39
112Jonas Koch (Ger) CCC Sprandi Polkowice0:00:52
113Tao Geoghegan Hart (GBr) Team Sky0:01:07
114Rory Townsend (GBr) Bike Channel Canyon0:01:17
115Chris Opie (GBr) Bike Channel CanyonRow 114 - Cell 2
116Rob Power (Aus) Orica-Scott0:01:58
117Matthew Holmes (GBr) Madison Genesis0:08:49
118Graham Briggs (GBr) JLT Condor0:11:09
DSQTaylor Phinney (USA) Cannondale-DrapacRow 118 - Cell 2
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Points
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Elia Viviani (Ita) Team Sky15pts
2Dylan Groenewegen (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo14Row 1 - Cell 3
3Fernando Gaviria (Col) Quick-Step Floors13Row 2 - Cell 3
4Caleb Ewan (Aus) Orica-Scott12Row 3 - Cell 3
5Alexander Kristoff (Nor) Katusha-Alpecin11Row 4 - Cell 3
6Zdenek Stybar (Cze) Quick-Step Floors10Row 5 - Cell 3
7Floris Gerts (Ned) BMC Racing Team9Row 6 - Cell 3
8Roger Kluge (Ger) Orica-Scott8Row 7 - Cell 3
9Marcel Sieberg (Ger) Lotto Soudal7Row 8 - Cell 3
10Daniele Bennati (Ita) Movistar Team6Row 9 - Cell 3
11Ariel Maximiliano Richeze (Arg) Quick-Step Floors5Row 10 - Cell 3
12Mark Renshaw (Aus) Dimension Data4Row 11 - Cell 3
13Nikolas Maes (Bel) Lotto Soudal3Row 12 - Cell 3
14Steele Von Hoff (Aus) One Pro Cycling2Row 13 - Cell 3
15Owain Doull (GBr) Team Sky1Row 14 - Cell 3
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Sprint 1 - Seahouses - km. 118.8
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Kamil Gradek (Pol) One Pro Cycling3pts
2Silvan Dillier (Swi) BMC Racing Team2Row 1 - Cell 3
3Graham Briggs (GBr) JLT Condor1Row 2 - Cell 3
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Sprint 2 - Warkworth - km. 150.2
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Silvan Dillier (Swi) BMC Racing Team3pts
2Kamil Gradek (Pol) One Pro Cycling2Row 1 - Cell 3
3Graham Briggs (GBr) JLT Condor1Row 2 - Cell 3
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Sprint 3 - Seaton Sluice - km. 197
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Matthew Holmes (GBr) Madison Genesis3pts
2Lars Boom (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo2Row 1 - Cell 3
3Graham Briggs (GBr) JLT Condor1Row 2 - Cell 3
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Mountain 1 - Winter's Gibbet - km. 29.9
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Jacob Scott (GBr) An Post Chain Reaction6pts
2Rory Townsend (GBr) Bike Channel Canyon5Row 1 - Cell 3
3Lukasz Owsian (Pol) CCC Sprandi Polkowice4Row 2 - Cell 3
4Graham Briggs (GBr) JLT Condor3Row 3 - Cell 3
5Matthew Holmes (GBr) Madison Genesis2Row 4 - Cell 3
6Kamil Gradek (Pol) One Pro Cycling1Row 5 - Cell 3
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Mountain 2 - Cragside - km. 57.9
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Graham Briggs (GBr) JLT Condor6pts
2Jacob Scott (GBr) An Post Chain Reaction5Row 1 - Cell 3
3Lukasz Owsian (Pol) CCC Sprandi Polkowice4Row 2 - Cell 3
4Rory Townsend (GBr) Bike Channel Canyon3Row 3 - Cell 3
5Matthew Holmes (GBr) Madison Genesis2Row 4 - Cell 3
6Kamil Gradek (Pol) One Pro Cycling1Row 5 - Cell 3
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Mountain 3 - Corby's Crags - km. 65.1
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Graham Briggs (GBr) JLT Condor6pts
2Jacob Scott (GBr) An Post Chain Reaction5Row 1 - Cell 3
3Lukasz Owsian (Pol) CCC Sprandi Polkowice4Row 2 - Cell 3
4Rory Townsend (GBr) Bike Channel Canyon3Row 3 - Cell 3
5Matthew Holmes (GBr) Madison Genesis2Row 4 - Cell 3
6Silvan Dillier (Swi) BMC Racing Team1Row 5 - Cell 3
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British riders
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Owain Doull (GBr) Team Sky5:16:32
2Christopher Lawless (GBr) Great BritainRow 1 - Cell 2
3Oliver Wood (GBr) Great BritainRow 2 - Cell 2
4Ethan Hayter (GBr) Great BritainRow 3 - Cell 2
5Alex Dowsett (GBr) Movistar TeamRow 4 - Cell 2
6James Lowsley-Williams (GBr) Bike Channel CanyonRow 5 - Cell 2
7Mark Stewart (GBr) An Post Chain ReactionRow 6 - Cell 2
8James Shaw (GBr) Lotto SoudalRow 7 - Cell 2
9Russell Downing (GBr) JLT CondorRow 8 - Cell 2
10Harry Tanfield (GBr) Bike Channel CanyonRow 9 - Cell 2
11Geraint Thomas (GBr) Team SkyRow 10 - Cell 2
12Jacob Hennessy (GBr) Great BritainRow 11 - Cell 2
13Alistair Slater (GBr) JLT CondorRow 12 - Cell 2
14Scott Thwaites (GBr) Dimension DataRow 13 - Cell 2
15Peter Williams (GBr) One Pro CyclingRow 14 - Cell 2
16Richard Handley (GBr) Madison GenesisRow 15 - Cell 2
17Hugh Carthy (GBr) Cannondale-DrapacRow 16 - Cell 2
18Dexter Gardias (GBr) Bike Channel CanyonRow 17 - Cell 2
19James Knox (GBr) Great BritainRow 18 - Cell 2
20Connor Swift (GBr) Madison GenesisRow 19 - Cell 2
21Jacob Scott (GBr) An Post Chain ReactionRow 20 - Cell 2