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Aviva Tour of Britain 2015 | Stage 2 – Clitheroe to Colne

Petr Vakoc wins Stage Two and takes Aviva Yellow Jersey

 

Author: Chris Maher/ Press Release, Pictures courtesy of: Chris Maher | Photography

 

September 06th-13th 2015

 

Aviva Tour of Britain 2015 | Stage 2 - Clitheroe to Colne

 

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 C letter here zech National champion Petr Vakoc produced the ride of his life to hold off the peloton after a thrilling solo attack into Colne to take Stage Two of the Aviva Tour of Britain.

 

The economics student measured his effort well on the Pendle roads to take victory on Colne’s High Street by seven-seconds from Juan Jose Lobato, with former race winner Edvald Boasson Hagen a further two seconds back in third, as the finishing drag took its toll on the 45-rider chasing group.

 

Conor Dunne took the YodelDirect Sprint Jersey on Stage 1, Seen here crossing the Nick O'Pendle
Conor Dunne took the YodelDirect Sprint Jersey on Stage 1, Seen here crossing the Nick O’Pendle

 

Vakoc was well rewarded for his monumental effort, taking over the leader’s Aviva Yellow Jersey and earning a rapturous reception from the Colne locals who have a soft spot for individuals who don’t quit no matter how tough the going gets. This is after all the birthplace of Wallace Hartley, the leader of the band who famously ‘played on’ when the Titanic sank.

 

Just 23 and a fast emerging talent, plus a Gold medallist at the World Student Games, Vakoc took off with about 16-kilometres to go when an eight man break started to run out of steam and disintegrate on the rolling Lancashire roads.

 

Conor Dunne collects a bottle on the Bleara Moor KoM, Stage 2 Aviva ToB
Conor Dunne collects a bottle on the Bleara Moor KoM, Stage 2 Aviva ToB

 

The peloton gave chase with Lotto Soudal trying to manufacture a sprint opportunity for Andre Greipel but on tough and sometimes narrow roads they struggled to get on terms. Vakoc never seemed to pull ahead decisively but nor did the bunch every quite get on terms. It was classic hare and hound stuff and this time the hare won.

 

As he came into Colne, about 15 seconds to the good, the only thing that could derail the Czech Road Race Champion was a gruelling final kilometre drag but although you could see the pain and effort he seemed to get strong as he negotiated the ascent to win in style.

 

Juan Jose Lobato of Movistar chased him home seven second back with Edvald Boasson Hagen a further two seconds adrift, with the same order at the top of the Aviva General Classification.

Lobato’s second placed moved him into the lead of the Chain Reaction Cycles Points competition while Owain Doull of Team WIGGINS again rode well to take seventh place on the road and the Premier Inn Best British Rider lead.

 

Premier Inn Best British Rider, Owain Doull - Team WIGGINS
Premier Inn Best British Rider, Owain Doull – Team WIGGINS

 

“It is a beautiful day and a big success for me, probably the biggest win of my career,” said Vakoc. “I didn’t really expect a ride like this morning but I woke up with good sensations. Normally I am not so good when there is a very hard start to a stage but today I felt good.

 

“Our tactics were to get in a break as it didn’t seem like it was going to be a sprint day. I managed to get in the eight main eight man break with 50-kilometres to go and we worked quite well but we weren’t going fast enough and the bunch was catching us so I tried my luck.

 

“I thought somebody would come with me but the next moment I was alone. There was a long way to go but I felt good and decided to press hard. It was a tough finish but that suited me well. I kept a little back and in the final 500m I imagined I was in a bunch sprit and rode like that. I was very tired at the end but it was worth it.”

 

Vakoc has suspended his studies for an Economics degree because his professional racing career has taken off so dramatically recently and he decided it was too much to combine the two.

 

His form this year had been impressive with a win in the Czech National Championships and a Bronze medal in the in the inaugural European Games road race, then recently overall victory in his national Tour. Last year, his first with Etixx Quick-Step, he recorded a stage win at the Tour of Poland and took time off from the professional peloton to win both the Road Race and Time Trial at the World University Championships at Jelenia Gora, also in Poland.

 

In the YodelDirect Sprint competition Peter Williams of ONE Pro Cycling reaped the benefit of aggressively getting in the early break and securing enough points to move one ahead of Pim Ligthart with erstwhile leader Conor Dunne a further point back.

 

YodelDirect Sprint Jersey Pete Williams, ONE Pro Cycling
YodelDirect Sprint Jersey Pete Williams, ONE Pro Cycling

 

It was the second day that Williams, who lives locally at Skipton and trains on the roads of the Ribble Valley and Pendle, animated the early break, at one point gaining over four minutes and briefly being joined at the head of the race by Alex Dowsett. For his efforts Williams, who won the YodelDirect Sprints Jersey in 2012, was also rewarded with the day’s Rouleur Combativity Award.

 

“I know the road and went out on the course last week and it’s a bit of an advantage,” said Williams afterwards. “You know where the tricky bits and dodgy corners are. It was always going to be a hard grippy day. I wasn’t looking for the jersey really, I was just trying to get in a good break but by doing that you can put yourself in contention.”

 

In the SKODA King of the Mountains classification it was another local rider, Preston’s Ian Bibby, who was the star of the day, leading the race over the first two climbs of the day – Nick o’Pendle and Bleara Moor – but it was Madison Genesis rider Tom Stewart who pulled on the jersey, after adding to his points haul from Stage One.

 

Ian Bibby - NFTO climbs the Nick O'Pendle KoM, Stage 2 Aviva ToB 2015
Ian Bibby – NFTO climbs the Nick O’Pendle KoM, Stage 2 Aviva ToB 2015

 

Ian Bibby on the Bleara Moor KoM, R-L Petr Vakoc, Peter Kennaugh, Fernando Gaviria & Steven Kruijswilk
Ian Bibby on the Bleara Moor KoM, R-L Petr Vakoc, Peter Kennaugh, Fernando Gaviria & Steven Kruijswilk

 

Stage Two | Clitheroe to Colne - 159.3 Kms

 

1          16        VAKOC Petr                                          EQS    CZE    B:10″ 00″

2          104      LOBATO DEL VALLE Juan Jose    MOV   ESP     B:06″ 07″

3          81        BOASSON HAGEN Edvald               MTN   NOR   B:04″ 09″

4          53        GULDHAMMER Rasmus                 CLT     DEN                ‘ ‘

5          15        TRENTIN Matteo                                EQS    ITA                 ‘ ‘

6          194      DOULL Owain                                     WGN GBR                ‘ ‘

7          73        DEBUSSCHERE Jens                         LTS     BEL                ‘ ‘

8          44        TEUNS Dylan                                      BMC   BEL                ‘ ‘

9          103      IZAGIRRE INSAUSTI Gorka           MOV   ESP                 ‘ ‘

10        111      MEGIAS LEAL Javier                         TNN    ESP                 ‘ ‘

11        23        KENNAUGH Peter                             SKY    GBR    P:20″   ‘ ‘

12        106      INTXAUSTI ELORRIAGA Benat    MOV   ESP                 ‘ ‘

13        122      BRIGGS Graham                               JLT      GBR                ‘ ‘

14        102      FERNANDEZ Ruben                        MOV   ESP                 ‘ ‘

15        42        GERTS Floris                                     BMC   NED    B:02″   ‘ ‘

16        113      LOZANO RIBA David                       TNN    ESP                 ‘ ‘

17        163      BIBBY Ian                                           NPC    GBR                ‘ ‘

18        133      KRUIJSWIJK Steven                       TLJ      NED                ‘ ‘

19        14        STYBAR Zdenek                                EQS    CZE                ‘ ‘

20        65        MEURISSE Xandro                          SKT     BEL                ‘ ‘

 

Stage Winner & Yellow Jersey Holder, Petr Vakoc - Etixx-Quickstep.
Stage Winner & Yellow Jersey Holder, Petr Vakoc – Etixx-Quickstep.

 

General Classification

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1          16        VAKOC Petr                                          EQS    CZE      8h28’41” 00″

2          104      LOBATO DEL VALLE Juan Jose    MOV   ESP      8h28’52” 11″

3          81        BOASSON HAGEN Edvald               MTN   NOR    8h28’56” 15″

4          42        GERTS Floris                                       BMC   NED    8h28’58” 17″

5          25        POELS Wouter                                    SKY     NED    8h28’59” 18″

6          1          VAN BAARLE Dylan                           TCG    NED                ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘

7          194      DOULL Owain                                     WGN  GBR      8h29’00” 19″

8          122      BRIGGS Graham                                 JLT    GBR                ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘

9          53        GULDHAMMER Rasmus                 CLT    DEN                ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘

10        84        PAUWELS Serge                                MTN   BEL     8h29’06” 25″

 

Skoda King of the Mountains

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1          96        STEWART Thomas                           GBR    MGT   23

2          163      BIBBY Ian                                           GBR    NPC    20

3          121      HOUSE Kristian                                 GBR    JLT      20

4          176      WILLIAMS Peter                               GBR    ONE    17

5          16        VAKOC Petr                                        CZE    EQS    17

6          62        DUNNE Conor                                   IRL     SKT     14

7          23        KENNAUGH Peter                            GBR    SKY    13

8          91        MCNALLY Mark                                GBR    MGT   11

9          133      KRUIJSWIJK Steven                        NED    TLJ      9

10        72        DE BIE Sean                                       BEL    LTS     8

 

Skoda King of the Mountains Jersey, Tom Stewart - Madison Genesis
Skoda King of the Mountains Jersey, Tom Stewart – Madison Genesis

 

YodelDirect Sprints

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1          176      WILLIAMS Peter                                GBR    ONE    9

2          74        LIGTHART Pim                                 NED    LTS     8

3          62        DUNNE Conor                                   IRL     SKT     7

4          121      HOUSE Kristian                                 GBR    JLT      3

5          42        GERTS Floris                                      NED    BMC   2

6          84        PAUWELS Serge                               BEL    MTN   2

7          96        STEWART Thomas                           GBR    MGT   2

8          25        POELS Wouter                                   NED    SKY    1

9          1          VAN BAARLE Dylan                         NED    TCG    1

10        12        GAVIRIA RENDON Fernando       COL    EQS    1

 

Chain Reaction Cycles Points

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1          104      LOBATO DEL VALLE Juan Jose    ESP     MOV   25

2          194      DOULL Owain                                    GBR    WGN 22

3          16        VAKOC Petr                                         CZE    EQS    15

4          26        VIVIANI Elia                                       ITA     SKY    15

5          11        CAVENDISH Mark                             GBR    EQS    14

6          81        BOASSON HAGEN Edvald               NOR   MTN   13

7          71        GREIPEL André                                  GER    LTS     13

8          53        GULDHAMMER Rasmus                DEN    CLT     12

9          15        TRENTIN Matteo                               ITA     EQS    11

10        74        LIGTHART Pim                                 NED    LTS     10

 

Chain Reaction Cycles Points Jersey, Juan Jose Lobato
Chain Reaction Cycles Points Jersey, Juan Jose Lobato

 

Aviva ToB Stage 2 Autobus... Mark Cavendish leads the group into Colne
Aviva ToB Stage 2 Autobus… Mark Cavendish leads the group into Colne

 

Stage Three sees the longest stage of the race so far at 216-kilometres, starting in Cumbria at Cockermouth at 10.15, before crossing the border north into Scotland, heading through Dumfries and Galloway and the Scottish Borders, before the finish at Floors Castle on the outskirts of Kelso.

 

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