OVO Energy Tour of Britain - Stage 2 - WINNER
Kelso, SCOTLAND - September 08:
OVO Energy Tour of Britain - Stage 2
Former European champion Matteo Trentin (Mitchelton-SCOTT) moved into the race lead of the OVO Energy Tour of Britain after sprinting to a dramatic victory in Kelso, Scottish Borders, on Sunday.
Trentin pipped Jasper de Buyst (Lotto Soudal), Mike Teunissen (Team Jumbo – Visma Cycling) and Davide Cimolai (Israel Cycling Academy) to the line after a reduced peloton caught brave solo attacker Alex Dowsett (Team KATUSHA ALPECIN) within 50 metres of the finish line.
Trentin, who placed third in Saturday’s opening stage in Kirkcudbright, gained crucial time bonuses on the line as a result of his win. This, combined with the distancing of overnight leader Dylan Groenewegen (Team Jumbo – Visma Cycling) on the final SKODA King of the Mountains climb of Dingleton, put the Italian rider into the overall lead of the race.
The Scottish Borders hosts an entire stage for the first time on Sunday 8 September. Stage Two will start and finish in the centre of Kelso, with the world’s best riders tackling an anti-clockwise loop via Coldstream, Chirnside and Duns before heading, via the Scott’s View climb, to Melrose and on to the Eildon Hills.
Kelso hosted the finish of stage one in 2017.
(Credit: Rob Gray )