The 3rd stage of the Tour of Britain from Cockermouth to Floors Castle saw Elia Viviani (Team Sky) secure his 2nd win of the tour from another bunch sprint. Tyler Farrar would be our shining light today as he made the break of the day, only to be caught with 3km to go. Initially it would be 6 riders who formed the break of the day, including Tyler. With the stage taking place over 216km of Scottish roads, the peloton allowed Tyler and his breakaway companions to get just over a 6 minute lead. There would be 3 category 2 climbs during the last half.
Stage 2 of the Tour of Britain saw the peloton race through the scenic region of Lancashire. Three categorized climbs on the 160 kilometers from Clitheroe to Colne made for some aggressive racing. MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung tried to play it smart and put its cards to play in the finale with Serge Pauwels and Edvald Boasson Hagen. The Norwegian national road race champion finished 3rd in the end, behind Juan Lobato (Movistar) and solo winner Petr Vakoc (Etixx-QuickStep). The race started of fast with local rider Peter Williams (One) trying to get away alone. He was joined by Alex Dowsett (Movistar) after a good couple.