• Nacer Bouhanni got the better of Australia's Caleb Ewan on Stage 2 of the Tour of Yorkshire. (Getty)Source: Getty
Australia's Caleb Ewan was second in stage two of the Tour of Yorkshire and heads into the final day as overall leader, a position he knows he will lose.
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30 Apr 2017 - 8:17 AM  UPDATED 30 Apr 2017 - 9:58 AM

Nacer Bouhanni took victory on stage two of the Tour of Yorkshire in Harrogate as a second consecutive second place put Australian Caleb Ewan in the leader's blue jersey.

Bouhanni (Cofidis) finished comfortably clear of Ewan (Orica-Scott) in an untidy sprint that came after a series of attacks knocked the sprint trains off their stride towards the end of the 122.5km stage from Tadcaster.

Direct-Energie's Jonathan Hivert came home third just ahead of stage one winner Dylan Groenewegen of LottoNL-Jumbo.

“The conclusion of today’s stage was hard and steep," Bouhanni said. "Here in Yorkshire it seems like all the roads are hilly.

"Yesterday I watched the finish of the 2014 Tour de France stage here when Marcel Kittel won and that allowed me to better understand today’s sprint. I produced my effort with 400 metres to go and when Jonathan Hivert kicked I knew I had to react immediately."

With time bonuses applied, Ewan leads overall by two seconds from Bouhanni and Groenewegen, with Bike Channel Canyon's Chris Opie fourth at eight seconds alongside Hivert.

Ewan, who knows he will surrender the blue jersey on Sunday's brutal concluding stage from Bradford to Fox Valley, said it was a "big honour" to lead the race but indicated he would gladly have swapped his blue jersey for a stage win.

"It's a completely different feeling," he said. "It's satisfying obviously wearing the leader's jersey but it's a different kind of feeling to crossing the line first."

THE WOMEN

The roads from Tadcaster had one again been lined by huge crowds, treated to two races in one day as the women battled it out in the morning with Lizzie Deignan (Boels Dolmans) victorious.