Carisle was the host city for the depart of the second stage through the Lake District to Kendal.
This 186.6km stage featured three 3 Yodel Direct sprints - at Aspatria, Dearham and Whitehaven and Skoda King Of The Moauntain climbs of Fangs Brow (Cat 2) Honister pass (Cat 1) and Chestnut Hill (Cat 2).
With Team GB's Adam Yates not starting, 113 riders set off and Anthony Delaplace who had won the combativity award for his efforts in the opening stage was involved again, along with Northey (NGR), Boem(BAR), Madrazo (MOV), Cornshaw (IGS) , Dibben(GBR) and Downey (SKT).
Angel Madrazo of Movistar beat Boem, Cronshaw and Downey to claim the first sprint at Aspatria as the seven riders established a lead of 3.15.
There was a crash in the peloton which saw Garmin's Robbie Hunter, Hugh Carthy of Rapha Condor, Visconti of Movistar and Andy Stauff abandon befoe Nicola Boem took the second sprint from Cronshaw, Dibben and Northey to become the leader of the sprint competition.
He was second on the final sprint behind Northey at Whitehaven and they pressed on with a lead of around 2.30 on a damp afternoon.
The first climb came with 86kms remaining and Sean Downey of An Post Chain Reaction was first over the Fangs Brow.
Team Sky took to the front of the peloton with Sir Bradley Wiggins, Bernie Eisel and Ian Stannard keeping the pressure on the escapers towards the category one Honister Pass, which attracted big crowds.
Dan Martin and Nairo Quintana of Movistar decided to attack out of the peloton on the gradients of 25%.as Boem lost contact leaving six out front.
Madrazo, who took the full points on the second climb suffered a mechanical with just over 50kms to go as Dan Martin and Quintana joined the escapers on the Chesnut Hill climb.
The peloton closed to within thirty seconds with 40kms to go of Martin, Quntana and Madrazo.
They were caught and with 33kms left, Sanz became the third Movistar rider to have taken a turn on the front of the race.
Sanz stayed clear for eleven kilometres before Rather of Garmin took over.
There was just over ten kilometres to go when Mark Cavendish tried a raid but Team Sky soon brought him back and Iam Cycling's Tom Lovkvist had a go, persued by Ian Stannard.
Lovkvist was still ahead under the flam rouge. Up the final hill in Kendal and he was caught. Gerald Ciolek and an An Post rider in Sam Bennett passed him and Ciolek took the win in 5.00.55 ahead of Bennett, Lovkvist and Yates.
The win for Ciolek saw him take the overall lead ahead of Simon Yates in second with a lead of 20 seconds.