Former World Champion Kai Reus took the second stage win at the Tour of Britain on Sunday, securing a comeback win in his first major race since a crash in 2007, whcih left the Dutchman in a coma.
First stage winner Chris Sutton finished ninth, meaning the loss of the leader’s jersey.
A frantic first hour of racing had seen several groups try to establish a lead at the head of the race, but each time the peloton pulled them back, with Nicolas Roche one of several riders who repeatedly tried to escape the clutches of the main field.
In fact, it wasn’t until nearly 40 kilometres into the stage that a breakaway stuck, with one of Stage One’s starring riders Thomas De Gendt again going on the attack.
Speaking after the race, an emotional Kai Reus struggled for words, fighting back tears as he said: “It’s my first victory in two years, but it’s a long story. It was a really hard last ten kilometres for me, maybe for the peloton also.”