Tour of Britain second stage ends in dramatic sprint finish in rainy Kendal (From The Westmorland Gazette)
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Tour of Britain second stage ends in dramatic sprint finish in rainy Kendal
A DRAMATIC sprint to the finish line provided the perfect ending to the second stage of the Tour of Britain.
More than 100 elite cyclists battled the typical Cumbria weather during today's 186.6km Carlisle-Kendal stage.
Thousands of spectactors took to the streets to cheer on the cyclists; including hundreds on the iconic and physically-demanding Honister Pass.
Germany's Gerald Ciolek pipped Sam Bennett to the post during a leg-burning sprint up Beast Banks in Kendal.
MTN-Qhubeka's Ciolek and Irish rider Bennett of An Post-Chain Reaction team moved past Thomas Lovkvist of IAM Cycling, who was leading with 500 metres to go, before the German forced his way past Bennett as they approached the finish line to claim a momentous victory.
Sir Bradley Wiggins crossed the line 17 seconds off the pace and there was more disappointment for Omega Pharma-Quick Step's Mark Cavendish.
He darted out in front of the leading group with 10km left but fell behind and finished down the pack 47 seconds behind Ciolek.
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