The Big Picture: Henderson sets pace in Tour of Britain

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The Independent Online

Greg Henderson of Team Sky grits his teeth as he sprints for the finish line of the second stage of the Tour of Britain in Stoke yesterday. The New Zealander clinched the 160km stage, and the early lead of the race, around the city with his late burst to finish ahead of Michael Albasini of HTC-Columbia and Cervelo's Heinrich Haussler, who came second and third respectively.

"I just jumped as hard as I could knowing that I could open up a gap and I just held that to the line," said Henderson, who was helped to his stage success by team-mates Bradley Wiggins and Geraint Thomas. "It's a nice treat to be in the yellow jersey."

Henderson takes a 14-second lead into today's third stage from Newtown in north Wales to Swansea.