Tour de France riders will race for the third and final stage on British soil on Monday, which sees the peleton take on the 155km route from Cambridge to London.
The course is fairly flat and set up for an exciting sprint finish on The Mall in the heart of the capital.
In stage two on Sunday Vincenzo Nibali rode himself into the yellow jersey after a daring late break to win the second stage of the Tour de France on Sunday.
The Italian champion pointed to the national flag on his Astana team jersey after winning his first Tour stage at the fourth attempt.
The 29-year-old former Giro d'Italia and Vuelta a Espana champion finished two seconds clear of the field at the end of a punishing 201km ride from York to Sheffield in northern England.
Belgian Greg Van Avermaet was second with Michal Kwiatkowski of Poland in third.
Van Avermaet moved up to third in the overall standings with Peter Sagan, who was fourth on this stage and second on Saturday's opening stage from Leeds to Harrogate, moved into second overall.
The Slovak, winner of the green jersey the last two years, had been the favourite to win this stage but was left behind by Nibali's break.
Sprinter Marcel Kittel, who started the day in yellow after winning Saturday's stage, finished almost 20 minutes behind in a group of sprinters.
It was a thrilling finish to an exciting stage that featured nine categorised climbs which eventually made the difference.