Stage two of the Tour of Britain saw challenging steep climbs in the final 30kilometres split the peloton drastically causing a big shake up in the overall classification.
Julien Vermot (Etixx-Quickstep) claimed the stage victory on a brutal finishing climb in Kendal with Amets Txurruka the highest place finisher for ORICA-BikeExchange in 20th place on the rain sodden stage.
An initial breakaway of 15 riders were eventually swallowed up on the final King of the Mountain climb with all ORICA-BikeExchange riders back in the next main peloton.
Sport director Matt Wilson was content with the day considering the Australian outfit arrived at the tour with the aim of sprint victories and a team comprising of mostly young riders.
“It was a really hard day “ said Wilson. “We didn’t have a stage favourite for today or any guys going for the general classification. We gave a bit of freedom to Rob Power and Amets Txurruka if they wanted to try something on the climbs."
|1||Julien Vermote (BEL) - Etixx - Quick-Step||4:40:50|
|2||Stephen Cummings (GBR) - Dimension Data||0:00:02|
|3||Daniel Martin (IRL) - Etixx - Quick-Step||0:00:58|
|4||Xandro Meurisse (BEL) - Wanty - Groupe Gobert||0:00:58|
|5||Tony Gallopin (FRA) - Lotto Soudal||0:00:58|
|6||Ben Swift (GBR) - Team Sky||0:00:58|
|7||Guillaume Martin (FRA) - Wanty - Groupe Gobert||0:01:02|
|8||Tom Dumoulin (NED) - Team Giant-Alpecin||0:01:02|
|9||Dylan Van Baarle (NED) - Cannondale-Drapac||0:01:02|
|10||Jacopo Mosca (ITA) - Trek-Segafredo||0:01:06|
|20||Amets Txurruka (SPA) - ORICA-BikeExchange||0:04:33|
|49||Robert Power (AUS) - ORICA-BikeExchange||0:05:35|
|56||Luka Mezgec (SLO) - ORICA-BikeExchange||0:13:03|
|74||Caleb Ewan (AUS) - ORICA-BikeExchange||0:14:47|
|118||Alexander Edmonson (AUS) - ORICA-BikeExchange||0:22:51|
|120||Michael Hepburn (Aus) - ORICA-BikeExchange||0:22:51|