Rick Zabel flies in Bedale and Asselman keeps the lead

Rick Zabel, of Katusha, won with great superiority in the second stage of the Tour of Yorkshire, but Asselman remains leader. In the women's race won Lorena Wiebes.


The weather gave a truce to the squad in the Yorkshire Tour. "Champions of the rain" titled its cover this Friday the Yorkshire Post. The opening day was a difficult one, as was the second, but without rain and with less wind it became more bearable (environmental protests against INEOS were also milder). The victory again happened again to the sprint, this time was Rick Zabel the fastest taking advantage of the group's nervousness. The British selection ignited the arrival and the contention for the position was very high and Asselman, winner in Selby and despite not playing held the lead, was left behind with 200 meters remaining. A crash of a Vital Concept then left some sprinters in a hurry, who could not answer the change of pace of the German.

The day was marked by the wink of the organization of the race to the Yorkshire World Cups (from the 22nd to the 29th of September) and the test went through the circuit, which served for some of the favorites to take good note of what is ahead and the fans vibrate with a journey that seems exciting. At that point Tom Stewart (Canyon), Fabien Grellier (Direct Energie), Jake Scott (United Kingdom), Chris McGlinchey (Vitus), James Fouché and Robert Scott (Wiggins) headed the flight of the day. which was always controlled by Dimension Data and Ineos without great complication and a lack of 10 kilometers to neutralize them, which generated attacks, but ended in the same way thanks to the strength of the large group.

This Thursday will be held the third stage between Bridlington and Scarborough. It will be 132 kilometers, but very complicated for the group. There will be five climbs, all short and the last one to 30 from meta, but it could break the established order. In addition, the day will be fully developed near the coast, which could make the wind a key factor, something that added to the steep terrain could offer surprises. It is the first day in which the eyes are on the winner of 2018, Greg Van Avermaet.

Wiebes, first leader in the women's

test A few hours before the men's test took place the female, who shared the course and also ended with a tight sprint. The fastest was Lorena Wiebes (Parkhotel Valkenburg), who stood as the first leader of the test. This Saturday, the Women's Yorkshire Tour will also share a layout with the male one, but in its case it will be the final stage.



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