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Martin and An Post riders drop time

Posted 12 September 2010

A split in the peloton cost Dan Martin and the members of the An Post Sean Kelly team dearly on stage two of the Tour of Britain where they lost over ten minutes to stage winner and new race leader Greg Henderson.

The decisive move took place in the opening kilometres of the 160.8 kilometre stage, which began and finished in Stoke-on-Trent, as the peloton chased down an early breakaway.

The split resulted in 18 riders going clear in the lead group which included Henderson and Team Sky teammates Bradley Wiggins and Geraint Thomas, Richie Porte (Saxo Bank), Heinrich Haussler (Cervelo Test Team) and Tony Martin (HTC Columbia).

Martin could do little with his Garmin-Transitions teammate Travis Meyer having made the cut but the An Post Sean Kelly team were caught off guard despite their earlier efforts to put riders up the road.

The break worked well together extending their lead to almost eight minutes by the top of Hollinsclough Moor as strong winds hampered the chase behind.

Porte attacked from the leading group on the road to the climb of Gun Hill but was caught on the descent to Leek which the effort to recapture him shedding Martin and Federico Canuti (Colgnago CSF-Inox) from the break.

Haussler was next to attack in the company of Michael Golas (Vacansoleil) as the race neared the finish in Stoke-on-Trent forcing Wiggins and Thomas to put in a tremendous effort to keep Henderson in contention for the stage win and race leader’s yellow jersey.

Henderson made no mistake with the opportunity on the finishing straight where he outsprinted Michael Albasini (HTC Columbia) and Haussler to take stage win and time bonuses which propelled him into the race lead.

Martin’s sacrifice paid off for Meyer who moved to 9th overall just 23 seconds adrift and the Irishman will now have to focus on stage wins if he wants to take something from the race which has also resigned the An Post Sean Kelly team to the same objective.

Results:

2010 Tour of Britain

Stage 2: Stoke-on-Trent - Stoke-on-Trent, 160.8 kilometres

1. Greg Henderson (NZl) Sky Professional Cycling Team 3:59:52  
2. Michael Albasini (Swi) Team HTC - Columbia    
3. Heinrich Haussler (Ger) Cervelo Test Team    
4. Koen De Kort (Ned) Skil - Shimano    
5. Patrick Sinkewitz (Ger) ISD - Neri Giambenini    
6. Travis Meyer (Aus) Garmin - Transitions 0:00:03  
7. Michael Golas (Pol) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team    
8. Johnny Hoogerland (Ned) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team    
9. Borut Bozic (Slo) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team    
10. Dan Craven (Nam) Rapha Condor - Sharp

83. Dan Martin (Irl) Garmin-Transitions at 10 minutes, 49 seconds

An Post Sean Kelly Team:

25. Ronan McLoughlin (An Post Sean Kelly) at 10 minutes, 40 seconds.
29. Philip Lavery (An Post Sean Kelly) s.t.
79. Mark McNally (An Post Sean Kelly) s.t
93. Matt Brammeier (An Post Sean Kelly) s.t.
94. Mark Cassidy (An Post Sean Kelly) 11 minutes, 04 seconds
97. Pieter Ghyllebert (An Post Sean Kelly) 11 minutes, 14 seconds

General classification after stage 2:

1. Greg Henderson (NZl) Sky Professional Cycling Team 7:16:23  
2. Michael Albasini (Swi) Team HTC - Columbia 0:00:14  
3. Heinrich Haussler (Ger) Cervelo Test Team    
4. Richie Porte (Aus) Team Saxo Bank    
5. Koen De Kort (Ned) Skil - Shimano 0:00:17  
6. Michael Golas (Pol) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team 0:00:18  
7. Patrick Sinkewitz (Ger) ISD - Neri Giambenini    
8. Borut Bozic (Slo) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team 0:00:20  
9. Travis Meyer (Aus) Garmin - Transitions 0:00:23  
10. Dan Craven (Nam) Rapha Condor - Sharp

86. Dan Martin (Irl) Garmin Transitions at 11 minutes, 09 seconds

An Post Sean Kelly Team:

23. Philip Lavery (An Post Sean Kelly) at 11 minutes
29. Ronan McLoughlin (An Post Sean Kelly) s.t.
57. Mark McNally (An Post Sean Kelly) 11 minutes, 09 seconds
88. Matt Brammeier (An Post Sean Kelly) s.t.
90. Mark Cassidy (An Post Sean Kelly) 11 minutes, 24 seconds
93. Pieter Ghyllebert (An Post Sean Kelly) 11 minutes, 34 seconds

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