Sterling work from Blythe

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Sheffield cyclist Adam Blythe confirmed his growing reputation with a superb ride in the second stage of the Ster ZLM Toer in Holland yesterday.

Former Sheffield Phoenix rider Blythe, aged 21, now with the Belgian-based Omega Pharma-Lotto team finished third behind American sprinting star Tyler Farrar and France’s Romain Feillu in the 177km stage from Eindhoven to Sittard-Geleen.

Blythe will now wear the race’s best young rider’s jersey during today’s third stage - a 202km round trip starting and finishing in the town of Schimmert in the south of Holland.

Rotherham’s Russell Downing of Team Sky, in his first race since a crash at the Giro d’Italia last month, finished 35 seconds behind Blythe.