Mark Cavendish (T-Mobile) continued his post-Tour de France comeback at the Tour of Denmark by leading the bunch home in stage two on Thursday.

The young rider from the Isle of Man crossed the line in seventh place just six seconds after stage winner Matti Breschel (CSC).

Breschel was part of a six-man breakaway that succeeded in holding off the bunch to the finish at Århus. The Danish rider now leads the race overall with Cavendish in 12th spot 12 seconds adrift.

Britain’s other representative at the race, Ian Stannard (T-Mobile), placed 93rd on the stage with Magnus Backstedt (Liquigas) in 48th, both in the same time as Cavendish.

Official race website: www.postdanmarkrundt.dk.