Winner of the first day, Toby Price had the unenviable task of opening stage two. That, combined with the limited time to acquaint himself with the road book, made navigating the stage extremely tricky from the front of the pack. Despite the disadvantages, the reigning champion put in a good ride to 17th place and now lies ninth in the provisional overall standings, seven minutes and 34 seconds down on Sunderland.
‰ÛÏToday was always going to be tough, leading out from the start without having had much time to read the road book," Price explained. "The stage went ok, I lost some time to the others but the most important thing is I looked after my bike and the tyres so should be in good shape to close down on the leaders again tomorrow. There‰Ûªs still a long, long way to go, but the bike is working great, things are looking good and I‰Ûªm happy.‰Û