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Competition for Best Team heats up in Stage Two of The London-Paris 2013

Stage Two of the tenth edition of The London-Paris took riders 170km south to Amiens with a total ascent of 1256m. The six speed groups set off at intervals from 07:00, with the final group leaving at 09:45. It was a drizzly and windy morning, but spirits weren’t dampened at the starting village and the 400 enthusiastic riders, complete with motorbike outriders, support vehicles and crew, rolling out of Calais was an impressive sight.

Starting in the ICAP Yellow Jerseys this morning were pro-cyclist Marcin Bialoblocki from Team UK Youth and amateur racer Jimmy Wilson riding for Team CycloSure. In the red, for ‘King of the Mountains’ was pro-cyclist Greg Mansell and in the amateur race category, HotChillee’s 17-year-old Development Rider Nicholas Dlamini who is cycling for Wattbike. The Green Sprinter’s Jersey went to Group Three rider, James Brewster following a route error by Groups One and Two on Stage One. Starting the stage as Best Team was CycloSure.*

The route rolled through the beautiful French countryside, passing many idyllic French towns, including Guines and Licques. Just after 30kms the riders were met with a significant climb that took them through to the 2.1km Timed Climb section. Team UK Youth’s Greg Mansell flew ahead of the bunch, crossing the line in first position, followed by Team UK Youth’s Marcin Bialoblocki, then Nicholas Dlamini and Jon Leighton. Going into Stage Three, Bialoblocki will start in the Red Jersey, one point ahead of Greg Mansell and Chain Reaction Cycles rider Jon Leighton will start in the Amateur Race Red Jersey.

At the summit, the riders regrouped and pushed on 10kms to the GC section that proved itself an undulating and windy 21.9kms. Nicholas Dlamini took the win in the amateur category and will ride out tomorrow in the Yellow Jersey, while Greg Mansell will wear the Pro Yellow Jersey. The fastest lady was Mary Breed, who will wear the Pink Jersey tomorrow. CycloSure retains the lead in a closely contested Team category with ORYX and Midlands Truck and Van / Mercedes-Benz hot on their heels.

Once over the GC finish-line, riders received some respite in the way of a descent, but there wasn’t much time to relax as 25kms later came the sting of the 900m sprint section. The first pro to cross the line was Greg Mansell. In the amateur category, Team Skoda’s Matthew Exley took the win and will start in the Green Jersey tomorrow morning.

With all the three race sections complete, it was time for some much needed lunch and a catch-up on the morning’s events. Coming into Frévent riders were met by local spectators. After lunch, with tired legs, riders had to contend with the cross winds for the final 70km, taking them through Le Souich, Sorton and Poulainville and finishing in Amiens.

Tomorrow sees the third and final stage of The London-Paris 2013. The stage is 168kms with a total ascent of 1126m.

For the full results, please go to: https://www.londres-paris.com/results_2013.php.

*Please note this correction from yesterday’s press release, which stated Team Adventure HQ held the Best Team going into Stage Two.

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