Tour of Britain: Relentless Owsian retains the KOM jersey

Łukasz Owsian retained his lead in KOM classification in OVO Energy Tour of Britain, by getting into the breakaway of the day.

Info: Stage 2, 4th of September, Kielder water and forest park – Blyth, 211,7km

Course: undulating

How it unfolded

Łukasz Owsian, King of the Mountains jersey wearer, had eyes on the prize, as he broke away for the second consecutive time. With three categorized climbs on the menu he was very eager to add another points to his tally. He went away with 6 other riders – Rory Townsend (BIKE Channel Canyon), Graham Briggs (JLT Condor), Matthew Holmes (Madison Genesis), Kamil Gradek (ONE Pro Cycling), Jacob Scott (An Post Chain Reaction) and Silvan Dillier (BMC Pro Team).

Owsian retained his jersey, but Scott put up an ambitious fight. He was also in yesterday’s break and started the stage with 5 points in mountains standings. Scott won first KOM and was twice 2nd, finishing the day with 21 points, tying Owsian, who took 3rd on all three categorized hills. CCC Sprandi Polkowice rider kept the lead since he was placed higher in GC after the stage.

Escape was able to gain as much as 5 minutes on the peloton. Sprinters’ teams were steadily whittling down that gap though, until they brought back in all escapees with 14km to go.

As expected it came down to a bunch sprint. Initially it was Edvald Boasson Hagen (Dimensio Data), who was first over the line and raised his arms in glory, but after jury’s decision he was relegated for illegal sprint and Elia Viviani (Team Sky) was awarded with a stage win. Dylan Groenewegen (Team LottoNL-Jumbo) took 2nd  and Fernando Gaviria (Quick Step Floors) 3rd. “Riders in orange” were trying to position Alan Banaszek for the finale and the youngster claimed 16th place in the stage.