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Tour of Britain: Second day of cycling action in Scotland

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Some of the world's best cyclists have been in action in the Scottish Borders in the second stage of the Tour of Britain.

The riders raced in a giant loop from Kelso, through Coldstream, Duns and Melrose, before heading back to Kelso.

It was won by Italian cyclist Matteo Trentin.

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Image caption The second stage of the tour was won by Italian cyclist Matteo Trentin
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Image caption The second stage of the tour set off from Kelso on a loop
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The first stage was held from Glasgow to Kirkcudbright on Saturday morning and was won by Dutchman Dylan Groenewegen.

Other big names taking part were British sprinter Mark Cavendish and rising star Mathieu van der Poel.

They were among the field leaving Glasgow - the third Scottish start for the race in the last four years.

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Image caption The first stage was won by Dylan Groenewegen
Dylan Groenewegen winning the first stage Image copyright SWpix.com
Image caption Dylan Groenewegen winning the first stage at the Kirkcudbright finish

The first stage of the race went through the countryside, down through Ayrshire into Dumfries and Galloway for a finish in Kirkcudbright.

Scotland was omitted from the race last year but has returned in style with two stages of the event which finishes in Manchester next weekend.

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Image caption The cyclists set off from Glasgow on Saturday morning
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Image caption The first stage is from Glasgow to Kirkudbright
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Image caption Mark Cavendish is one of the big names taking part
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Image caption Riders headed out into the countryside and down through Ayrshire into Dumfries and Galloway
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Tour of Britain cyclists Image copyright SWpix

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