Mark Renshaw proved there is more to Omega Pharma-Quickstep’s sprinting armoury than just Mark Cavendish after sprinting to victory in Llandudno.
Renshaw was triumphant on a day in which the Tour of Britain showed you do not have to be in the Alps, or Asturian mountains for that matter, to enjoy spectacular scenery and stunning routes.
Rolling out from Knowsley Safari Park, the route for stage two took the peloton along the North Welsh coast and across the Great Orme.
Relive the stunning action in the full-screen gallery below, with photos provided with the kind permission of Simon Wilkinson and www.swpix.com
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Grin and bare it
Mark Cavendish started the stage despite suffering heavy bruising to his thigh after a crash on stage one (pic: Alex Whitehead/SWpix.com)
Welcome to the jungle
Knowsley Safari Park provided the back drop as the riders set off en route to North Wales (pic: Alex Whitehead/SWpix.com)
The Alps? The Dolomites? No, the Great Orme, on the North Welsh coast (pic: Alex Whitehead/SWpix.com)
It was not just the pros tackling the Great Orme, with plenty of cyclists camped out along the climb (pic: Alex Whitehead/SWpix.com)
Hitting the wall
Bradley Wiggins was full of racing for a second day at the Tour of Britain, chasing down the breakaway in a bid to set-up a bunch sprint for team-mate, Ben Swift. pic: Alex Whitehead/SWpix.com
Hands up if you won the stage
Mark Renshaw leads the Omega Pharma-Quickstep as he crosses the finish line in Llandudno pic: Simon Wilkonson/SWpix.com)
Mark Renshaw praised Michal Kwiatkowski's role in the win (pic: Simon Wilkonson/SWpix.com)
Michal Kwiatkowski is congratulated after foiling Renshaw's sprinting rivals in the run-in (pic: Simon Wilkonson/SWpix.com)