Another round up of tweets, pics, links and thoughts from day 2 of the highest profile stage race in the UK after the Tour of Britain. It’ll be a brief one as I wasn’t able to follow proceedings in detail, but here’s what I’ve been able to dig up. No free-to-use photos unfortunately, and no time to get permission but click the links- there is a wealth of stuff from pro snappers on today’s stage.
The race coverage
From the reports and photos, Raleigh were chasing the breaks, as they were obliged to do, to protect their man in the lead Matt Cronshaw– this is proper stage racing.
At first glance the result does not tell the full story- a bunch sprint won by Jonny McEvoy of Motorpoint from Zak Dempster (Rapha Condor) and Magnus Backstedt (UK Youth).
But there were breaks galore, one of which looked like it might have stayed away, but it was caught with not long to go. Once again the twitter updates were top notch.
Glasgow Couriers were depleted but still had Jamie Kennedy in the race. If I have a grumble about the coverage, it is that the ams have not had much of a look-in with regards to race photos. However, I noticed this one of Couriers’ Alan Thomson, who finished safely today.
Lots of amateurs finished in the bunch, so hats off to Eddie Addis and Rob Wilkins of Velo Ecosse, Peter and Gordon Murdoch of composite club team “Second Helpings”, and Craig Adams (Falkirk / “Second Helpings”).
Young riders Jordan Stokes and Liam Cowie of Endura / Pedal Power finished some way back but are still in the race and live to fight the third and final day. Their teammate Scott McCrossan, whose superb ride I missed yesterday also finished in the bunch. He is 2 seconds behind the best-placed 2nd cat rider, Gruff Lewis of Magnus Backstedt’s Team UK Youth squad, who is at 01:26 from yellow jersey leader Cronshaw. Team captains/mentors Gary Hand and Davie Lines will also be there tomorrow to guide their teammates through the final stage, with Robbie Hassan still well placed at 1:10.
Harsh luck on Velo Ecosse’s Finlay Young who has a broken/dislocated elbow. Sounds like a sore one that will see him out for a while- get well soon. Ali McNicoll of Bicycleworks.com / “Second Helpings” missed the cut after the rough day conditions on day 1 took their toll- well done for completing 2 days though.