Race report

Max Kanter takes 4th as breakaway holds on for stage win over Devon hills

Tour of Britain

Stage two at the Tour of Britain saw the race head to the hills and arguably the most challenging parcours of the week with 3000 metres of elevation gain throughout the stage, with constant rolling hills. It was a steady start to proceedings with a five rider group going clear at the front of the race and all Team DSM riders in the bunch.

The breakaway’s advantage quickly ballooned out to almost five minutes before a sudden increase in pace back in the peloton saw it dramatically cut to only 45 seconds with roughly 100 kilometres to go. Yet, an easing in the bunch then saw it increase once again to over seven minutes. Riding strongly over the challenging terrain, the break held onto a four minute advantage and heading into the last 35 kilometres. With most of the longer climbs dealt with, the break split on one of the many uncategorised ramps and Carpenter went solo, holding on to take the stage win.

Back in the peloton, Mark Donovan, Nicholas Roche and Max Kanter survived the climbs well in the very reduced peloton, with the Donovan and Roche working to position Kanter for the finale. After being dropped off, Kanter surfed the wheels well in the closing kilometre, weaving his way through the bunch and kicking on the uphill drag to the line for a good fourth place at the finish.

“Today was a pretty tough stage in the Tour of Britain,” explained Kanter. “We had the plan to go for a sprint with Nils, but in the race the pace was high and there were some splits in the bunch and we had to adapt our plan. Mark, Nico and me stayed in the first group and we tried to go still for the best result possible. As one rider still stayed away from the early break away, it came down to a reduced bunch sprint for second place. I was a bit boxed in at 250 metres to go and just got a clear run in the last 150 metres. At the end I got 4th place for us and I’m proud of how the commitment was in the team today. We’ve had a good start and are looking forward to more days in Britain.”

Team DSM coach Phil West added: “It was a hard day out with quite a tricky parcours. Mark was involved in a crash early on but thankfully he’s okay. We had the same plan to go for Nils today and the guys worked really well as a unit. The parcours was quite tough across Dartmoor and unfortunately Nils was distanced. Tim and Romain worked really hard to try and bring him back, and they almost made the junction again but unfortunately we just didn’t make it. Immediately when we knew it wasn’t possible with Nils we made the switch to go with Max. Nico and Mark did a real good effort to bring Max into position so he could do a sprint and in the end he took third from the peloton and fourth on the stage. Again it was a good team effort and with super communication and work throughout the stage by the guys and it was reflected in another nice result for us. We continue again tomorrow in the team time trial.”

Results

Pos. Rider Team Time Points
1 CARPENTER Robin Rally Cycling 4:45:56 20
2 HAYTER Ethan INEOS Grenadiers 0:33 10
3 PETERS Alex SwiftCarbon Pro Cycling ,, 5
4 KANTER Max Team DSM ,, -
24 ROCHE Nicolas Team DSM ,, -
27 DONOVAN Mark Team DSM ,, -
80 NABERMAN Tim Team DSM 17:30 -
93 EEKHOFF Nils Team DSM ,, -
95 COMBAUD Romain Team DSM ,, -