Image via @TourofBritain
Image via @TourofBritain

As is tradition, the final stage of the Tour of Britain ended with a run into London. A new course for this year took the riders round a circuit of central London for 14 laps before a very slight uphill finish. As if to underline the growing profile of the race in the...

_85511602_griepel_getty1In comparison with what was occurring over in Spain, today’s Tour of Britain stage was always destined to seem unremarkable – a vaguely hilly stage with a flat and straight ending in Ipswich town centre. And indeed, there wasn’t an overabundance of action, as if the peloton knew the cycling...

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Image via www.tourofbritain.co.uk

The queen stage may be done and dusted with but with only a single second separating Wout Poels (SKY) from the current leader Edvald Boasson Hagen (MTN) the Tour of Britain still has plenty of life left in it.

With the telecoms company MTN stepping down as title...

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Image via @TeamSky

Five men went clear from the word go on this, the Tour of Britain’s Queen stage. They were Conor Dunne, Mark McNally, Michael Morkov, Pete Williams and Morgan Kneisky. The peloton were happy to let them go, but the gap never grew beyond a more than manageable margin, with a...

Image via @Etixx_QuickStep
Image via @Etixx_QuickStep

Leaving Scotland behind for another year, the Tour today travelled 217.4km south from Edinburgh to Blyth in Northumberland. With a category 2 and two category 3 climbs there was a chance of a breakaway might last the distance, though it was unlikely given the flat...

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Image via @TeamSky

Today’s stage brought the glorious countryside of Scotland to the Tour, and along with it the usual hilly terrain that the race organisers seem to favour. Yesterday’s events helped determine the GC battle a little with any riders missing out on the late breakaway kissing...

Image credit @Etixx_QuickStep
Image credit @Etixx_QuickStep

You could consider yesterday’s breakaway attacks a dress rehearsal for today’s 159km stage from Clitheroe to Colne, a stage dominated not by the peloton but the by brave young individuals vying for points and, eventually, the stage win.

After 30km Peter Williams...

The photo finish of stage one. Image via @TourofBritain
The photo finish of stage one. Image via @TourofBritain

Ah, Marmeladrome’s home race. The Tour of Britain started today, and what a tour it is. A race set in the last days of the British summer (read: temperamental weather) combined with wildly varying parcours and plucky domestic continental...