There was more disappointment for Mark Cavendish on Monday after
claimed a dramatic sprint victory in the second stage of the Tour of Britain as he pipped Ireland’s Sam Bennett to the finish line in Kendal to become the new race leader.
Having failed to win Sunday’s first stage from a strong position, Cavendish launched a solo attack seven miles from home but was reeled in by the peloton and eventually finished 47 seconds behind Ciolek.
The 26-year-old German, who won the Milan-San Remo in March and came third on the first stage in Scotland, claimed the leader’s jersey on the wet and miserable Lake District leg. Britain’s Simon Yates moved up to second in the general classification after coming fourth on the Carlisle-Kendal stage. Sir Bradley Wiggins crossed the line 17 seconds off the lead for Team Sky and is 12th overall. Wiggins will be expected to shine in the third stage today which is a 10-mile time trial starting and finishing at Knowsley Safari Park.
Horner became the oldest winner of a Grand Tour on Sunday when he secured victory in the Vuelta at the age of 41. Reports emerged yesterday that he failed to complete a random test, but RadioShack have issued a statement accompanied by screenshots of emails sent by the American to clarify that the Spanish Anti-Doping Agency was at fault.
“Chris Horner updated his whereabouts with United States Anti-Doping Agency before the start of the final stage,” the statement read. “He gave Usada the name of his hotel for the night, phone number and room number for his one-hour window between 6 to 7am. This is all according to the rules and Chris Horner received a confirmation email.
“The anti-doping inspectors from the Spanish Anti-Doping Agency that were asked to do the test by Usada showed up at the wrong hotel in Madrid, where the team was staying but Horner was obviously not to be found.”
- USADA states Horner does not have a missed control, but denies testing agencies leaked information to media (velonation.com)
- Chris Horner’s Team Upset About Media Leak (webpronews.com)
- Cycling Team Defends American Chris Horner After Win In Spain (npr.org)
- RadioShack Leopard team insists Horner had updated ADAMS system with change of hotel (velonation.com)
- Ciolek wins Tour of Britain’s 2nd stage (bigpondnews.com)
- Tour of Britain, stage two: Gerald Ciolek sprints into lead (telegraph.co.uk)
- Viviani wins Tour of Britain stage one (bbc.co.uk)
- Tour of Britain 2013: Gerald Ciolek takes overall lead with stage two win (theguardian.com)