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Summary

  1. Men's stage two: Barnsley to Bedale (132km)
  2. Britain's Chris Froome and Mark Cavendish racing
  3. Jesper Asselman is race leader after winning stage one
  4. Dutch rider Lorena Wiebes wins women's stage one in Bedale
  5. Britain's Lizzie Deignan returns after birth of first child

Live Reporting

By Steve Sutcliffe

All times stated are UK

  1. Goodbye

    That's me done and dusted for today.

    Thanks for joining me. Our report on today's race is building here.

    I'll see you all on Saturday.

  2. 'I thought I must go for it'

    More from stage two winner Rick Zabel speaking to ITV:

    "I thought I could do a long sprint and I thought I must go for it.

    "I’m not a guy who wins often but maybe I can win today. It was such a relief to cross the line first. We are really motivated five-man team. There are some good sprinters here but that’s important for the team because we haven’t won so much."

  3. Stage two results

    Just to confirm the stage two results:

    1. Rick Zabel (Ger/Katusha Alpecin) 3 hrs 09 mins 16 seconds
    2. Boy van Poppel Ned/Roompot) Same time
    3. Chris Lawless (GB/Team Ineos)
    4. Andy Tennant (GB/Canyon DHB)
    5. Daniel McClay GB/Great Britain)
  4. 'It was chaos out there'

    Rick Zabel

    Stage two winner Rick Zabel has been speaking to ITV:

    "It was very very hectic. A short stage is always full gas. We raced pretty hard and it started raining in the last 5km so it was pure chaos.

    "I was close to crashing a few times because it was chaos out there. I don't know how I came into a good position."

  5. Post update

    Who would have thought that Rick Zabel was a stand-in?

    He looked rapid while everyone else looked like they were going through treacle.

    He's only racing here after being drafted in by Swiss team Katusha Alpecin because of Marcel Kittel's last minute withdrawal on Wednesday.

  6. Post update

    Also a good finish from Great Britain rider Daniel McLay and Andy Tennant who finished in fourth and fifth.

  7. Post update

    Mark Cavendish's legs fell off a bit there. Not quite sure where he finished.

    Rick Zabel came from miles back.

    Boy van Poppel came through for second with Chris Lawless from Team Ineos in third.

  8. Zabel wins

    Superb timing from Kautsha Alpecin's Rick Zabel.

    He's taken this with ease. Came from nowhere literally.

  9. Post update

    It's fast and furious but Mark Cavendish isn't going to win this....here comes Rick Zabel.

  10. Post update

    Here we go. Mark Cavendish is right in the mix.

  11. Post update

    Bernhard Eisel is making his move for Dimension Data and teammate Mark Cavendish is right on his wheel....

    This is warming up nicely. Less than a mile to go.

  12. Post update

    Team Ineos are moving Ian Stannard and Chris Lawless up to the front of the peloton who have regained control.

    Looks like the Great Britain team have got Ethan Hayter up there as well. Where's Mark Cavendish? Two miles to go.

  13. Post update

    Ah lovely... the rain has just started to pelt down.

    Another tier of complication. A sprint finish is going to be fun.

  14. Post update

    Three miles left. No idea what's going to happen here.

  15. Post update

    French rider Pierre Rolland is well known for this sort of thing.

    He's a two-time stage winner in the Tour de France and a stage winner in the Giro d'Italia.

    'Aggression' is his middle name.

  16. Post update

    What's this...Pierre Rolland flies off the front of the peleton and catches Tom Stewart and Chris McGlinchey.

    Another two as yet unidentified riders have also bridged the gap.

    He lost 10 minutes plus on Thursday, was he saving himself for a moment of glory?

    This has made things interesting.

  17. Post update

    Not long until we hit Bedale now.

    We're into the last six miles and Tom Stewart and Chris McGlinchey are just about holding out from being caught by the peloton. Only a matter of time now.

    One burst would probably do it.

  18. Stewart & McGlinchey go

    Meanwhile Tom Stewart & Chris McGlinchey have just flown off the front of what was left of the earlier six-man breakaway group.

    They've got a 17 second gap to the peloton....surely not?

  19. Post update

    Less than 10 miles to go.

    And Mark Cavendish's Dimension Data team are also moving into position.....

  20. Post update

    Are the CCC team getting ready to give Greg van Avermaet a final thrust? Maybe they've swept up to the front of the peloton like they are moving into launch mode.