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Tour of Britain: Mark Renshaw leads after winning stage two

Australia’s Mark Renshaw leads the Tour of Britain after winning stage two’s sprint finish in Llandudno.

The Omega Pharma – Quick-Step rider hit the front in the final 100m of the 200km race to pip Britain’s Ben Swift with Ireland’s Sam Bennett in third.

Marcel Kittel, who won stage one, found the 3km ascent of the Great Orme hill, 8km from the finish, too tough and he lost the leader’s yellow jersey.

Defending champion Sir Bradley Wiggins finished safely in the peloton.

Wiggins came to the front of the main bunch in the final kilometre, in an attempt to lead-out Team Sky team-mate Swift for the stage win but the Rotherham sprinter was unable to hold off Renshaw.

It was a well-worked victory from the Omega team after their riders Michal Kwiatkowski and Niki Terpstra attacked separately on the descent of the Orme in an effort to stretch their rivals.

Their efforts worked as Renshaw, who is usually trying to deliver Mark Cavendish to the line, sprinted clear on the Llandudno promenade. Cavendish, who was still feeling the effects of a crash on stage one, was not involved in the sprint.

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Tour de France : S2 : Late Nibali Break Leaves Rivals In His Wake

Italy’s Vincenzo Nibali launched a late attack to win stage two of the Tour de France in Sheffield on Sunday and claim the race leader’s yellow jersey.

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Hundreds of thousands of people again lined the 201-kilometre route from York on a brutal and unpredictable day of racing.

Nibali (Astana), the 2013 Giro d’Italia champion, left it late but timed his bid to the line to perfection to secure victory ahead of a number of his rivals for the overall title.

He also claimed the race leader’s maillot jaune, from stage one winner Marcel Kittel (Giant-Shimano), who endured a difficult day.

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