Greg Henderson takes lead at 2010 Tour of Britain

Team Sky rules the front and sends Henderson off in the finale for the stage win and overall lead.

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.

Complete results

Quick results

  • 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.

Overall standings

  • 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