Cameron Meyer victorious at day two of Tour of Britain: It is a bit of a shock and a bit of a surprise to take the win today
Sep 04 2018 12:12 am CET

Cameron Meyer victorious at day two of Tour of Britain: It is a bit of a shock and a bit of a surprise to take the win today
Cameron Meyer victorious at day two of Tour of Britain: It is a bit of a shock and a bit of a surprise to take the win today
Mitchelton-Scott

Mitchelton-Scott's Cameron Meyer has taken the victory at the second stage of the OVO Energy Tour of Britain. The Australian was one of the survivors of the breakaway and crossed the finish line ahead of his companion.

The second day of racing at the British race took the riders through a 174.9-kilometre route that included two climbs of the second category and one of the third category. The breakaway of the day was formed in the first 20 kilometres of the stage by Erick Rowsell (Madison Genesis), Scott Davies (Dimension Data), Alessandro Tonelli (Bardiani-CSF), Matthew Teggart (Wiggins) and Cameron Meyer (Mitchelton-Scott).

The front group got more than three minutes of advantage over the peloton. Teggart was the first rider to give up from the escapees while in the pack Matthew Holmes and Hugh Carthy made a move and created a considerable gap with the rest, some kilometres later a group that included Julian Alaphilippe, Bob Jungels (Quick-Step Floors) and Wout Poels (Sky) also managed to break free from the bunch.

Alaphilippe managed to bridge to Carthy in the last 20 kilometres of the stage while the others kept chasing them and Davies, Meyer and Tonelli remained in front. With five kilometres to go, Davies dropped from the front trio while behind them a chasers group formed by Poels, Alaphilippe, Jungels, Patrick Bevin (BMC) and Primoz Roglic (LottoNL-Jumbo) were getting close.

At one kilometre from the finish line, Alaphilippe and Bevin could already see the remaining escapees, but the duo managed to get to the end and Meyer was the fastest of the two. With the second position of the day, Tonelli climbed to the first position of the General Classification.

"It was tough conditions and in the end it was a great bike race to finish like that, to come down to the last kilometre and throw my hands in the air is really cool," said Meyer. "It is a bit of a shock and a bit of a surprise to take the win today. We will see what the next days bring. We have Caleb Ewan who was second yesterday and is in good form sprinting so for the sprint stages we will obviously look to him and we will see what I can do for the rest of the tour."






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