Mon, 27 Jan 2020

London - Former European champion Matteo Trentin won the second stage of the Tour of Britain to move into the overall race lead after sprinting to a dramatic victory on Sunday.

Trentin pipped Jasper de Buyst, Mike Teunissen and Davide Cimolai to the line after a reduced peloton caught solo attacker Alex Dowsett within 50 metres of the finish.

Trentin, who placed third in Saturday's opening stage, gained crucial time bonuses on the line as a result of his win on the Scottish Borders stage.

This, combined with the distancing of overnight leader Dylan Groenewegen, put the Italian rider into the green jersey as the overall leader.

Attacking with three kilometres to go, Dowsett looked like he was going to upset the remaining sprinters, but despite being welcomed into Kelso's main street by a wall of noise, the British time trial champion was caught, holding on to finish seventh on the stage.

Trentin now leads by 11 seconds overall from Cimolai and De Buyst.

Tour of Britain stage two results on Sunday in the Scottish Borders:

Stage two

1. Matteo Trentin (ITA/MTS) 3hr 55min 53sec, 2. Jasper de Buyst (BEL/LTS) same time, 3. Mike Teunissen (NED/Jumbo) s.t., 4. Davide Cimolai (ITA/ICA) s.t., 5. Alex Edmondson (AUS/MTS) s.t.

Overall standings

1. Matteo Trentin (ITA/MTS) 8hr 35min 25sec, 2. Davide Cimolai (ITA/ICA) at 11sec, 3. Jasper de Buyst (BEL/LTS) s.t., 4. Mike Teunissen (NED/Jumbo) 13, 5. Simon Clarke (AUS/EFD) 16

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