Vakoc takes victory in Lancashire; CYCLING.
MARK Cavendish's Etixx-Quick Step teammate Petr Vakoc took a thrilling solo victory in Colne on stage two of the 2015 Aviva Tour of Britain.
The 23-year-old Czech national champion sprang from a late break and held off a charging chase group to make up for Cavendish's near miss in Wrexham a day earlier.
New Mill rider Gabz Cullaigh, a member of the Great Britain Cycle Team for the event, started stage two in 49th place.
However, after the 159.3-kilometre stage two took riders on a hilly loop from Clitheroe to Colne in Lancashire with the three categorised climbs of Nick O'Pendle, Bleara Moor and Pendle Big End on the menu, Cullaigh (below) had a tough time in East Lancashire and slipped to 86th in the overall standings.
Team Sky's Elia Viviani had held the yellow jersey overnight by four seconds from Cavendish thanks to the time bonus earned from the Italian's stage win into Wrexham - but Kakoc's victory saw him take the leader's shirt.
With eight kilometres to go in the stage Vakoc was left as lone leader, he stretched his lead to a 30-second advantage as the five-kilometre-to-go mark approached, and he had done enough and powered up the final incline into Colne to take a well-deserved victory.
Today sees the race continue with stage three from Cockermouth to Kelso.