Alison Jackson (Team Tibco-SVB) won the first proper stage of the Tour of Scotland on Saturday, triumphing over Emma White (Rally-UHC) and Stone Borgli (Norway) in a high-speed sprint finish in Perth. The all-new race had begun on Friday but extreme weather conditions forced the cancellation of the 103km opening stage from Dundee to Dunfermline. Stage 2 went ahead, albeit in windy conditions, and offered a largely flat 139km route from Glasgow to Perth. With the only categorised climb of the day - Duke’s Pass - coming inside 40km, it was always likely to end in a bunch sprint.ADVERTISEMENT After a cagey start, it took Duke’s Pass to force a selection and form a breakaway. In there were nine riders, almost half of them from the Bigla team: Nikola Noskova, Elise Chabbey, Mikayla Harvey, Leah Thomas. The other five were Joscelin Lowden (Drops Cycling), Krista Hickok-Doebel (Rally-UHC), Brodie Chapman (Tibco-SVB), and Stine Borgil (Norway), and Ursa Pintar (BTC City Ljubljana), who joined late. They never gained much more than a minute over the peloton and were caught with 50km to go, with the exception of Chapman, who went it alone for the best part of 40km. Having built a lead of nearly two minutes, she was unable to hold off the advancing bunch and was caught just inside 10km to go. From there, it all came down to a bunch sprint, and Jackson, whose teammates had been doing no work due to Chapman’s presence up the road, was in a strong position. It was a close contest with White, but Jackson took it, with Borgli a slightly more distant third.
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