Danny Van Poppel (Team Sky) won the 2nd stage of the Tour de Yorkshire after a photo finish placed Dylan Groenewegen (LottoNL Jumbo) in 2nd place. Nikias Arndt (Giant-Alpecin) took 3rd place.
Unlike yesterday, riders were greeted with pleasant weather conditions today as they made their way from Otley to Doncaster. 6 riders would form the main escape of the day and as Groenewegen had the race lead, his LottoNL-Jumbo team took control of the peloton.
At just 135km in length and with no real climbs to speak of, the stage was very much a standard sprinters race. The break was brought back with around 15km to go and then it was down to preparing for the bunch sprint. Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka were riding for Mark Renshaw (pictured above) in the final and our African Team went shoulder to shoulder with the other sprint trains.
As the peloton charged into Doncaster, Team Sky had the upper hand with a well organised leadout. Going under the 1km to go sign, Renshaw was in the thick of the action but unfortunately lost a few places just before the sprint started. He wasn’t able to recover from there and Van Poppel took the win by mere millimetres from Groenewegen. On the general classification, our African Team has Serge Pauwels sitting 10th overall going into tomorrow’s final stage.
Roger Hammond – Sport Director
Today’s stage was a lot more straight forward than yesterday. With very little opportunity to break up the peloton the bunch stayed together for most of the day. We tried to take Mark Renshaw to the line for the bunch sprint but unfortunately he lost position with 600m to go.