Strong retains grip on lead in Britain

New Zealander Corbin Strong maintained his lead in the Tour of Britain after finishing third in the second leg of the week-long race.

Dutchman Cees Bol won by the narrowest margin by winning a chaotic sprint ahead of Jake Stewart and Commonwealth Strong track cycling gold medal.

Bol’s DSM Team teammates had been shaken by an attack from Bora Hansgrohe’s Nils Politt and massed at the head of the pack to try and control the finish line.

Stewart (Great Britain) took the first step on the 175.2km stage between the Scottish border towns of Hawick and Duns. He crossed the line in an apparent stalemate with the Dutchman, who won at the photo finish.

Australian Richie Porte, who is finishing his illustrious career, finished 63rd for the second consecutive day, at 1 million and 57 seconds.

His team leader Ineos, British Olympic cross-country mountain bike champion Tom Pidcock, took seventh place and the king of mountains jersey. DSM’s Chris Hamilton was the tallest Australian, in 36th place.

The third leg on Wednesday moves to England, covering 163.6km from Durham to Sunderland through the North Pennines.

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