Can Dylan Groenewegen make it back-to-back wins when the OVO Energy Tour of Britain continues in the Scottish Borders on Sunday morning?

The Jumbo – Visma Cycling Team rider was a class apart in Saturday’s opener between Glasgow and Kirkcudbright, and is surely the favourite when the race returns to Kelso for its third finish there since 2015.

One of the most spectator-friendly stages in this year’s race, the riders will also roll out from Kelso before completing a short but undulating anti-clockwise loop of some of the most stunning roads North of the Border.

Stage route and profile

Key timings

 The Square, Kelso (stage start): 11:00

 Coldstream (Eisberg sprint): 11:33

 Hardens Hill (SKODA King of the Mountains): 12:54

 Duns (Eisberg sprint): 13:02

 Scott’s View (SKODA King of the Mountains): 14:20

 Melrose (Eisberg sprint): 14:35

 Dingleton (SKODA King of the Mountains): 14:39

 The Square, Kelso (stage finish): 15:12

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UK TV schedule

ITV4 will show the stage in full, presented by Matt Barbet and Yanto Barker, with pre-race coverage beginning at 10:15. Hour-long highlights will be shown at 20:00 on Saturday.

Eurosport Player (subscription service) will show the race live from 12:30 until its conclusion, with highlights on Eurosport 1 at 17:30.

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Weather forecast

Start – Glasgow: 13°C (feels like 13°C), 2% chance of rain

Finish – Kirkcudbright: 16°C (feels like 16°C), 3% chance of rain.

Jersey standings

Tour of Britain stage two

OVO Energy green jersey: Dylan Groenewegen (Team Jumbo – Visma Cycling)

Cetaphil points jersey: Dylan Groenewegen (Team Jumbo – Visma Cycling) to be worn by Davide Cimolai (Israel Cycling Academy) on stage two

SKODA King of the Mountains jersey: Jake Scott (SwiftCarbon Pro Cycling)

Eisberg sprints jersey: Rory Townsend (Canyon dhb p/b Bloor Homes)

Instant Expert

Mick Bennett, double Olympic medallist and the OVO Energy Tour of Britain race director, looks ahead to the Scottish Borders stage.

“The final climb comes with just 23 kilometres to go, adding an interesting element. In 2017 there was a concerted effort by Quick-Step to split the race on the Dingleton climb, which very nearly succeeded. If the right combination of riders can get away together then a small group contesting the finish is possible.

“It is a very fast run back to Kelso along the Tweed Valley though, so I do expect to see a bunch sprint. The final few hundred metres are what we’d call a technical finish and being on cobbles adds an interesting challenge to this sprint however.

“Cobbles can make it harder to apply the power, particularly for a slighter sprinter so you would expect it to favour a rider like Matteo Trentin. Last time in Kelso we saw a fantastic blanket finish with four riders to the line. I hope to see the same again today.”  

Downloads and links

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