Robin Carpenter became the first American to win a Tour of Britain stage as his breakaway effort secured the overall race lead on Monday.

The peloton was left too much ground to make up to reel back Monday’s breakaway pack. Rally Cycling rider Carpenter was in the group to make an early move and the 29-year-old pulled ahead with around 25km to go.

Carpenter pushed on to finish 33 seconds ahead of Ethan Hayter and Alex Peters to take the lead in the general classification, with a lead of 22 seconds over Wout Van Aert.

“In the end leading the overall is great and it’s a big bonus but we’ll see about making it through the team time trial tomorrow with my team-mates,” Carpenter said.

“We were going to hit it hard anyway. We’ve got a couple of guys who are well suited to maybe go for the overall so we’ll do our best and we’ll see what happens but it’s going to be a challenge for sure.”

Stage three will see a team time trial over 18.2km, which starts in Llandeilo and heads to the National Botanic Garden of Wales on Tuesday.

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