Team Sky’s Greg Henderson surged into the lead of the Tour of Britain Sunday, producing a commanding ride on stage 2 to claim the yellow jersey.
The 34-year-old from Dunedin received plenty of help from teammates Bradley Wiggins and Geraint Thomas before crossing first in the 160.5km ride, which began and ended in Stoke-on-Trent.
The trio had taken control of the stage after opening up a big lead ahead of the peloton to put them in a promising position for the remainder of the race.
“I had a fantastic team with me, they rode the front for me right the way through to the line,” Henderson said.
“I knew the finish from a couple of years ago so I waited and waited for as long as possible. No one had come with 300 meters to go so I just jumped as hard as I could knowing that I could open up a gap and I just held that to the line.
“It’s a nice treat to be in the yellow jersey and we’ll have a go at defending it now.”
Monday’s third stage is a 149.7km leg from Newtown to Swanswea in Wales With the steep and cobbled climb of Constitution Hill in the finale, it could cause a shakeup in the overall standings.
The eight-stage race finishes in London on Saturday with eight laps of a 12.5km circuit.
- 1. Greg Henderson (Nzl), Team Sky, 3:59:52
- 2. Michael Albasini (Sui), HTC-Columbia, same time
- 3. Heinrich Haussler (Aus), Cervélo TestTeam, s.t.
- 4. Koen De Kort (Ned), Skil-Shimano, s.t.
- 5. Patrik Sinkewitz (Ger), ISD-Neri, s.t.
- 1. Greg Henderson (Nzl), Team Sky, at 7:16:23
- 2. Michael Albasini (Sui), HTC-Columbia, at 0:14
- 3. Heinrich Haussler (Aus), Cervélo TestTeam, at 0:14
- 4. Richie Porte (Aus), Team Saxo Bank, at 0:14
- 5. Koen De Kort (Ned), Skil-Shimano, at 0:17