Ciolek takes Tour of Britain lead

Gerald Ciolek became the Tour of Britain race leader after pipping Sam Bennett in a sprint finish to win stage two in the Lake District.

German Ciolek, 26, passed Bennett to take victory in the 186.6km Carlisle-to-Kendal stage.

Great Britain’s Simon Yates is second overall after finishing the stage in fourth, behind Swede Thomas Lovkvist.

Sir Bradley Wiggins crossed the line 17 seconds off the lead for Team Sky and is 12th overall.

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But there was disappointment for Wiggins’ fellow Briton Mark Cavendish, riding for Omega Pharma Quick-Step.

The 28-year-old darted out in front of the leading group with 10km left before Lovkvist started to build up a lead 2km later.

Cavendish, who slipped off the pace during the first stage in Scotland on Sunday, was 47 seconds behind Ciolek as he crossed the finish line and trails the leader by more than a minute overall.

Ciolek, riding for MTN Qhubeka, joined An Post-Chainreaction cyclist Bennett in moving past Lovkvist with 500m to go.

Ciolek, who won the Milan-San Remo in March this year and came third on Sunday, then powered past Bennett to clinch victory.

The third stage, on Tuesday, takes the riders on a 10-mile time trial, starting and finishing at Knowsley Safari Park on Merseyside.

Stage result:

1. Gerald Ciolek (Ger) MTNQhubeka 5:01:01″

2. Sam Bennett (Irl) An Post-Chainreaction ”

3. Thomas Lovkvist (Swe) IAM Cycling + 0:06″

4. Simon Yates (Gbr) Great Britain ”

5. Michal Golas (Pol) Omega Pharma-Quick Step ”

General classification:

1. Gerald Ciolek (Ger) MTNQhubeka 11:05:30″

2. Simon Yates (Gbr) Great Britain +0:20″

3. Michal Golas (Pol) Omega Pharma-Quick Step ”

4. Marco Coledan (Ita) Bardiani Valvole-CSF Inox + 0:23″

5. Sergio Pardilla (Spa) MTN Qhubeka ”

Selected others:

12. Bradley Wiggins (GB) Team Sky + 0:30″

14. Ian Stannard (GB) Team Sky + 0:31″

19. Alex Dowsett (GB) Movistar ”

41. Mark Cavendish (GB) Omega Pharma-Quick Step + 1:01″

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