By Mike Rego
Stage 2 of the Tour of Britain 2021 cycling race saw 18 teams with over 100 competitors racing over 183.9 kilometres starting in Sherford, crossing Dartmoor and finishing in Exeter, in fine weather on Monday 6th September.
The stage was won by the American cyclist Robin Carpenter of Rally Cycling, in a time of 4 hours 45 minutes and 56 seconds, equivalent to an average time of 38.7 kms per hour (24 mph). Despite Carpenter forming a breakaway group of five riders, by the time they had reached Dartmoor they had faded to just three riders some five minutes ahead
of the peloton.
Despite holding this lead over much of Dartmoor, by the finish all of the breakaway group except for Carpenter had faded, with the peloton crossing the finish line only 33 seconds behind. Large crowds turned out to line the route across Dartmoor, enjoying the exceptionally fine September weather. Fortunately, no sheep, cattle or ponies wandered into the path of the cyclists.