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Tour of Britain 2017: Elia Viviani awarded Stage 2 win, Edvald Boasson Hagen relegated

Edvald Boasson Hagen looked to have won Stage 2 of the 2017 Tour of Britain, but there was some confusion as to the final stage result

Edvald Boasson Hagen (Dimension Data) was the first across the line on Stage 2 of the 2017 Tour of Britain after a scrappy bunch sprint, but the win was later awarded to Elia Viviani (Team Sky).

Final confirmation of the result didn't come until quite some time after the end of the stage, but Boasson Hagen was deemed to have impeded Viviani and was relegated from the win.

The drama of the closing 200 metres came after an otherwise sedate day on the race's longest stage. When the sprinters crossed the line, it was clear that Boasson Hagen's sprint had been far from straight and Viviani made his frustrations clear.

The time bonus would have been enough to put the Norwegian into the overall lead after he came second on Stage 1, but the winner's bonus proved to be enough to move Viviani to the top of the GC instead.

A seven man breakaway went at the flag and was left to dangle ahead of the controlling peloton until under 20km to go, when the sprinters' teams took control at the front of the race.

How Stage 2 of the 2017 Tour of Britain happened

Seven riders went from the flag and soon pushed their advantage out to 5 minutes. The riders involved were Rory Townsend (Bike Channel-Canyon), Graham Briggs (JLT-Condor), Matt Holmes (Madison-Genesis), Lukasz Owsian (CCC), Kamil Gradek (One Pro Cycling), Jacob Scott (AnPost-Chain Reaction), Silvan Dillier (BMC Racing).

Along the way the escapees took the points on the climbs and sprints as the smaller teams went in the hunt of classification jerseys and left stage wins and overall challenge to the bigger teams.

Townsend was the first to be shelled out the back of the lead group 34km from the finish line when Holmes and Briggs put the pressure on, and was soon swallowed up by the chasing peloton.

The change of pace also put Scott in trouble but he was able to bring back to his breakaway companions.

The gap between the leaders and the main pack started to tumble and was below 50 seconds with 25km to go. The motivation to keep riding was thanks to the final intermediate sprint which came 14km from the finish line and could have put one of the escapees into the sprint jersey for Stage 3.

Holmes went solo as the finish line came within 20km as he was determined to push on in the hope of an unlikely solo stage win.

His advantage of 24 seconds looked much less whe he came into view of the front of the peloton but he pushed on to cross the line of the final intermediate spring of the day.

Briggs reappeared at the front to take third in the sprint before sitting up again. This put him on equal points at the top of that competition but his inferior position on the General Classification meant that he didn't capture the jersey.

Lars Boom (LottoNL-Jumbo) was second over the line and kept on riding slightly ahead of the rest of the riders for a short time before falling back into the middle of the pack.

Once the breakaway riders had been caught the sprint trains took up the pacemaking at the front and set the tempo for the final 12km. Katusha-Alpecin and Orica-Scott were out in force while Dimension-Data lined out next to BMC Racing on the other side of the road.

With 8.5km to go, Philippe Gilbert (Quick-Step Floors) shot off the front on his own as he looked to spoil the sprinters' party.

After what looked like a pretty easy day for the peloton, the Belgian was likely to be looking for a training effort ahead of the World Championships as much as the stage win itself.

Team Sky joined the chase and Gilbert sat up with 5km between him and a famous stage win. The British team has a GC contender in Geraint Thomas and rode hard on the front to keep him out of trouble as well as put Viviani in contention for the sprint win

Thomas did a huge turn of his own before peeling off and leaving it up to Michal Kwiatkowki.

Dimension Data tried to take control under the flamme rouge before the sprint opened up in the closing metres of the stage.

Tour of Britain Stage 2:  Kielder Water and Forest Park- Blyth 211.7km, result

1. Elia Viviani (ITA) Team Sky, 5:16:32
2. Dylan Groenewegen (NED) LottoNL-Jumbo, at same time 
3. Fernando Gaviria (COL) Quick-Step Floors, at st 
4. Caleb Ewan (AUS) Orica-Scott, at st 
5. Alexander Kristoff (NOR) Katusha Alpecin, at st
6. Zdenek Stybar (CZE) Quick-Step Floors, at st
7. Floris Gerts (NED) BMC Racing, at st
8. Roger Kluge (GER) Orica-Scott, at st
9. Marcel Sieberg (GER) Lotto-Soudal, at st
10. Daniele Bennati (ITA) Movistar, at st 

Tour of Britain: General Classification after Stage 2

1. Elia Viviani (ITA) Team Sky, 9:50:35
2. Caleb Ewan (AUS) Orica-Scott, at 0:04
3. Edvald Boasson Hagen (NOR) Dimension Data, at 0:07
4. Karol Domagalski (POL) One Pro Cycling, at 0:08
5. Silvan Dillier (SUI) BMC Racing, at 0:09 
6. Kamil Gradek (POL) One Pro Cycling, at same time
7. Fernando Gaviria (COL) Quick-Step Floors, at 0:10
8. Lars Boom (NED) LottoNL-Jumbo, at 0:12
9. Alenxander Kristoff (NOR) Katusha Alpecin, at 0:14
10. Zdenek Stybar (CZE) Quick-Step Floors, at st