Mark Cavendish’s Czech team-mate Petr Vakoc rode to victory in today’s second stage of the Aviva Tour of Britain, which arrives in Northumberland on Wednesday.
The Etixx Quick-Step rider, 23, made a break from a group of eight that were out in front with about 20km to go as they raced from Clitheroe to Colne in Lancashire.
His advantage at the finish had been cut to seven seconds by second-placed Jose Joaquin Rojas (Movistar) with former winner Edvald Boasson Hagen (MTN-Qhubeka) a further two seconds back.
But Vakoc’s margin of victory over yesterday’s winner Elia Viviani means he will be wearing the leader’s yellow jersey for tomorrow’s third stage.
Two Britons will be wearing two of the other jerseys as the tour heads north from Cockermouth into Scotland, via Carlisle.
In the King of the Mountains competition, Tom Stewart (Madison Genesis) leads Ian Bibby by three points. After the final sprint of the day, Pete Williams (ONE Pro Cycling) secured the sprint jersey, just one point ahead of Lotto Soudal’s Dutch rider Pim Ligthart.