Kai Reus held off the bunch to win stage two of the Tour of Britain and claim the leader's yellow jersey yesterday.
Dutchman Reus prevailed after a lengthy breakaway with Alexander Kristoff (Joker Bianchi) leading the field home in second ahead of Team Sky-bound Edvald Boasson Hagen (Team Columbia-HTC), who was third.
Chris Sutton (Garmin-Slipstream), the winner of the opening stage in York, was ninth as Reus moved into first place in the general classification standings. Thomas De Gendt (Topsport Vlaanderen) and Tanel Kangert (Ag2r) were joined in a breakaway early on in the 153.3-kilometre stage from Darlington to Newcastle Gateshead by Reus.
The Dutchman ploughed on alone with less than 15km to the finish, and, with the field in hot pursuit, won by nine seconds at the line.
Today's third stage sees the peloton travel the 153.8km through the Scottish Borders from Peebles to Gretna Green.Reuse content