Mark Cavendish helped Etixx-QuickStep team-mate Fernando Gaviria to victory on stage four of the Tour of Britain on Wednesday.
– Tour of Britain: Vakoc wins second stage
The Manxman guided the Colombian in the finale of the finish of the 217-kilometres route from Edinburgh to Blyth and Gaviria did the rest.
Cavendish was seen celebrating in the background as his team-mate triumphed ahead of German Andre Greipel (Lotto-Soudal), who won four stages of July's Tour de France, and Norwegian Edvald Boasson Hagen (MTN-Qhubeka), who was third.
Movistar rider Juan José Lobato crossed the line in 15th, and retains the overall lead after some hard graft from Alex Dowsett who kept the Movistar six within reach until Sky and Lotto took over in the final third.
Briton Cavendish, who was 13th, is out of contract with Belgian squad Etixx-QuickStep at the end of this year and his friend Sir Bradley Wiggins this week said the Manxman was moving teams.
MTN-Qhubeka has been strongly linked with Cavendish, but the Manxman would have to find a title sponsor to support the African squad if it were to sign him.
Frank Schleck won stage 16 of the Vuelta a Espana on Monday as Joaquim Rodriguez stole the race leader’s red jersey.
Rodriguez (Katusha) was rewarded for his late acceleration at the conclusion of the 185-kilometres stage from Luarca to Ermita de Alba Quiros.
Fabio Aru (Astana) could not keep pace with the Spaniard, who finished eight minutes 51 seconds behind Schleck in ninth on the day, as the Italian conceded two seconds and the overall lead by one second.
Rafal Majka (Tinkoff-Saxo) is one minute 35 seconds behind, Tom Dumoulin (Giant-Alpecin) 1min 51secs adrift and Mikel Nieve (Team Sky) fifth, 2:03 behind.
Schleck (Trek) soloed to victory by 1:10 from Rodolfo Torres ( Colombia ), whom he dropped 3km from the summit of the concluding climb.
It was the Luxembourg rider’s first win in more than four years and first since he served a one-year doping ban. Schleck tested positive for Xipamide, a diuretic, during the 2012 Tour de France.
The Vuelta leaves the fishing village of Luarca in Astorias this morning … pic.twitter.com/v8wX3a446O
— Graham Watson (@grahamwatson10) September 7, 2015
Czech rider Petr Vakoc of the Quick-Step team fought off the pursuing peloton to win Monday's second stage and take the overall lead of the Tour of Britain.
Helped by a final climb one kilometre from the line, Vakoc crossed alone after the 159.3km ride from Clitheroe to Colne in northern England.
The 23-year-old finished ahead of Spaniard Juan Jose Lobato of Movistar and Norway's Edvald Boasson Hagen of the Qhubeka team.
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