Stage 2 of the Friends Life Tour of Britain 2014 came down to a dramatic sprint finish on Llandudno sea front with Omega Pharma - Quick Step's Mark Renshaw coming past Team Sky's Ben Swift in the final metres to win the stage and claim the Yellow Jersey.
Renshaw, wearing his Defeet socks, won the field sprint today and takes the yellow jersey from yesterday’s winner Marcel Kittel (Giant Shimano).
Speaking after the race Renshaw said - "It was a great stage and a great victory, the first one of the year," Renshaw said. "We came here to work for Mark Cavendish and he had a bad crash yesterday, so he was recovering a little today."
Cavendish continued today despite his stage one collision with the Rapha Condor-JLT team car and mechanic while attempting to re-join the peloton after a comfort break.
Current standings after stage 2 are:
1 Mark Renshaw (Aus) Omega Pharma-QuickStep 4:38:54
2 Ben Swift (GBr) Team Sky
3 Sam Bennett (Irl) Team NetApp-Endura
4 Tyler Farrar (USA) Garmin-Sharp
5 Rick Zabel (Ger) BMC Racing Team
6 Michal Kwiatkowski (Pol) Omega Pharma-QuickStep
7 Jérôme Pineau (Fra) IAM Cycling
8 Niki Terpstra (Ned) Omega Pharma-QuickStep
9 Nicola Ruffoni (Ita) Bardiani CSF
10 Heinrich Haussler (Aus) IAM Cycling