• Anything look familiar? Look again and smell the fish ‘n chips – stage 2 rolls out of Blackpool passing by the famous Blackpool Tower.
• Team manager of Davitamon Lotto Allan Peiper watches the peloton pass, his two breakaway riders are 3 minutes ahead.
• The World champ on British soil is a big deal… but Tom’s likely used to all the photos by now… He rode comfortably in the peloton during the stage.
• The Davitamon Lotto team suffered 2 riders puncturing in the space of 1 minute. Alan Peiper pushes Nick Gates back into the race.
• PEZ-Fave and Belgian ‘hard-man’ Bert Roesems logged some miles in the day’s main breakaway.
• The yellow jersey of Martin Pedersen stayed near the front of the peloton throughout the stage. However, Matt Goss had picked up time bonuses en-route and had gained the yellow jersey by the end of the stage.
• Team mates Bert Roesems and Johan van Summeren during their last few kilometres at the head of the race. Bert’s efforts paid off with the KoM jersey at stage end.
• Stage winner Roger Hammond on the podium at the end of the stage 2. Good on ya mate! (Okay – an Aussie greeting I know, but you get the jist.)
Results: Tour of Britain Stage 2
1: Hammond,Roger (Great Britain)
2: Vierhouten,Aart (Skil-Shimano)
3: Downing,Russell (DFL-Cycling News-Litespeed)
Tour of Britain GC After Stage 2
1: Goss,Mathew (South Australia.com-AIS)
2: Pedersen,Martin (CSC)
3: Pasamontes,Luis (Unibet.com)