Tour of Britain: Elia Viviani sprints to controversial stage two victory

Boasson Hagen Viviani

Edvald Boasson Hagen (Dimension Data) was the first across the line on stage 2 of the Tour of Britain, but the victory was awarded to Elia Viviani (Team Sky) in controversial circumstances.

Minutes after the finish, the jury decided that Boasson Hagen did an irregular sprint, granting the victory to the Team Sky rider.

Boasson Hagen was also edged out in a photo-finish in Sunday’s opening stage and had already donned the leader’s green jersey on the podium before the gut-wrenching decision was made.

Viviani gestured angrily to the Norwegian after crossing the line in second, feeling he had been impeded. The Dimension Data rider had started his sprint down the middle but moved left, failing to leave Viviani space along the barriers.

Over 40 minutes after the stage finished – it was confirmed the Italian had won and also taken the green jersey because of the ten-second time bonus.

Boasson Hagen, a two-time Tour of Britain winner, had been released by lead-out man Mark Renshaw with just under 200 metres left of the 211-kilometre route and held off the challenge of Viviani and Dylan Groenewegen.

Groenewegen moved up to second after Boasson Hagen’s misery and Fernando Gaviria was third.

Tour of Britain 2017 – stage 2 results (Kielder Water and Forest Park – Blyth):

1Elia Viviani (Team Sky)


2Dylan Groenewegen (LottoNl-Jumbo)


3Fernando Gaviria (Quick-Step Floors)


4Caleb Ewan (Orica-Scott)


5Alexander Kristoff (Katusha-Alpecin)


6Zdenek Stybar (Quick-Step Floors)


7Floris Gerts (BMC)


8Roger Kluge (Orica-Scott)


9Marcel Sieberg (Lotto Soudal)


10 Daniele Bennati (Movistar)



General classification after stage 2:

1Elia Viviani (Team Sky)


2Caleb Ewan (Orica-Scott)


3Edvald Boasson Hagen (Dimension Data)


4Karol Domagalski (ONE)


5Silvan Dillier (BMC)


6Kamil Gradek (ONE)


7Fernando Gaviria (Quick-Step Floors)


8Lars Boom (LottoNl-Jumbo)


9Alexander Kristoff (Katusha-Alpecin)


10Zdenek Stybar (Quick-Step Floors)



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