Tour of Britain 2019 Route stage 2: Kelso - Kelso

Tour of Britain stage 2Sunday 8 September - Billed as the Scottish Borders stage, the 2nd leg of the Tour of Britain is an out-and-back race in Kelso. Amounting to 166.5 kilometres, the stage is likely to see a sprint finish on the cobbled Market Square.

Two years ago, Kelso saw a sprint finish with Caleb Ewan taking the spoils. The Australian outgunned Edvald Boasson Hagen and Elia Viviani on the line.

A similar scenario could repeat itself. The race is played out on lumpy terrain with three sections standing out: Hardens Hill, Scott’s View and an uphill near Dingleton. Yet, a sprint finish is very likely, as the Dingleton climb is not the hardest climb and it is crested with 23 kilometres out. Which is far enough away from the line for it all to come back for a fast finishers showdown.

The Kelso stage is the last one in Scotland. The race takes place entirely within the Scottish Borders. The route moves through Melrose, Duns and Coldstream along the way.

The first three riders on the line take time bonuses of 10, 6 and 4 seconds, while the intermediate sprints (at kilometre 13.2, at kilometre 74.9, and at kilometre 140) come with 3, 2 and 1 seconds.

The 2nd stage of the Tour of Britain starts at 11.15 and the race is expected to finish around 15.15 – both are local times (BST).

Tour of Britain 2019 stage 2: route, profiles, more

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