Trentin triumphs on stage two to move into Tour of Britain lead

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 2019 – stage 2 results (Kelso – Kelso):

1 Matteo Trentin (Mitchelton-Scott)

3:55:53

2 Jasper De Buyst (Lotto Soudal)

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3 Mike Teunissen (Jumbo-Visma)

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4 Davide Cimolai (Israel Cycling Academy)

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5 Alexander Edmondson (Mitchelton-Scott)

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6 Ben Swift (Team Ineos)

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7 Alex Dowsett (Katusha-Alpecin)

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8 Simon Clarke (EF Education First)

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9 Tom Van Asbroeck (Israel Cycling Academy)

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10 Danilo Wyss (Dimension Data)

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Tour of Britain 2019 – general classification after stage 2:

1 Matteo Trentin (Mitchelton-Scott)

8:35:25

2 Davide Cimolai (Israel Cycling Academy)

+11”

3 Jasper De Buyst (Lotto Soudal)

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4 Mike Teunissen (Jumbo-Visma)

+13”

5 Simon Clarke (EF Education First)

+16”

6 Ben Swift (Team Ineos)

+17”

7 Mathieu van der Poel (Corendon-Circus)

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8 Loïc Vliegen (Wanty-Gobert)

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9 Tom Van Asbroeck (Israel Cycling Academy)

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10 Alexander Edmondson (Mitchelton-Scott)

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