Julien Vermote plays it perfectly in Kendal

Belgium's Julien Vermote (Etixx - Quick Step) has beaten his breakaway companion Stephen Cummings to claim the second stage of the Tour of Britain, in Kendal. The win also allowed Vermote to snatch the leader's jersey from Germany's Andre Greipel, who had won the opening stage.
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Underdog Vermote, a 27-year-old West Fleming, outsprinted Cummings, a winner of two stages in the Tour de France, in an uphill finish after a race that took the riders through the Lake District. It was Vermote's first win of the season, but his second success in the Tour of Britain.

Vermote's Irish team mate Daniel Martin claimed third place, 58 seconds behind Vermote. With the two breakaway riders having built up a gap of almost a minute, Vermote actually won twice, also taking the yellow leader's jersey. 35-year-old Cummings follows 6 seconds behind in the overall classification, but will without doubt eye the leader's jersey in the coming days.

Kendal is a city in the north-west of England, situated in between the Yorkshire Dales and the Lake District. The 195-km route between Carlisle and Kendal included iconic climbs such as Whinlatter Pass and The Struggle, with the finish being situated uphill on Beast Banks. Despite the rain, big crowds had flocked to Kendal to see the stage final unfold live.