Tour of Britain - Ciolek claims stage two, leads overall

Gerald Ciolek claimed stage two of the Tour of Britain with an excellent uphill finish as he took the overall lead.

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Tour of Britain - Ciolek claims stage two, leads overall
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Gerald Ciolek 2013

The MTN-Qhubeka rider confirmed his place as one of the tour’s best in poor conditions as he powered through the final uphill stretch in the cold and rain.

The German won Milan-San Remo in poor conditions that included snow and rain back in Mach and again showed his credentials by powering away at the finish.

Ciolek passed late solo attacker Thomas Lokvist as well as Sam Bennett who looked to mount a challenge.

Gaining six seconds on the peloton, the 26-year-old took the gold jersey.

Results:

1. Gerald Ciolek (Ger) MTN-Qhubeka 5:01:01

2. Sam Bennett (Irl) An Post-Chainreaction

3. Thomas Lövkvist (Swe) IAM Cycling 0:00:06

4. Simon Yates (GBr) Great Britain

5. Michal Golas (Pol) Omega Pharma-Quick Step

6. Jack Bauer (NZl) Garmin-Sharp 0:00:09

7. Martin Elmiger (Swi) IAM Cycling

8. Marco Coledan (Ita) Bardiani Valvole-CSF Inox

9. Sergio Pardilla Bellon (Spa) MTN-Qhubeka

10. Julien Vermote (Bel) Omega Pharma-Quick Step

General Classification

1. Gerald Ciolek (Ger) MTN-Qhubeka 11:05:30

2. Simon Yates (GBr) Great Britain 0:00:20

3. Michal Golas (Pol) Omega Pharma-Quick Step

4. Marco Coledan (Ita) Bardiani Valvole-CSF Inox 0:00:23

5. Sergio Pardilla Bellon (Spa) MTN-Qhubeka

6. Julien Vermote (Bel) Omega Pharma-Quick Step

7. Martin Elmiger (Swi) IAM Cycling

8. Sacha Modolo (Ita) Bardiani Valvole-CSF Inox

9. Scott Thwaites (GBr) Team NetApp-Endura 0:00:26

10. Francesco Manuel Bongiorno (Ita) Bardiani Valvole-CSF Inox

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