Tour of Britain 2013 Stage 6 (20/09/13)

As previously mentioned in the last post. I had planned to attend the final three stages of the 2013 tour of Britain. This post will be based on stage 6 from Sidmouth, Devon to Haytor on Dartmoor. Upon arrival at the start line in Sidmouth, the sun was rising from the east, a welcome sign for the riders who have endured their fair share of wet weather over the previous 5 stages of the tour. As the 11am start time approached, the roads filled more and more with spectators ready to witness some of the worlds elite cyclists make their way on the course to Dartmoor.
Below is a small selection of photos taken at the start at Sidmouth and also midway around the stage in Exeter.

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Gerald Ciolek, who wore the gold Jersey for a day after winning stage 2, is amongst the first riders to sign on before the start of the stage.

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He was followed shortly after by Slovakian Cannondale rider Juraj Sagan (yes Peter Sagan’s older brother!)

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The biggest cheers though were reserved for this man, Olympic champion, 2012 tour de France winner & the current gold jersey holder, Sir Bradley Wiggins.

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A couple of riders from the Madison Genesis team discuss tactics for the race ahead and also possibly the fact that the sun is shining!

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The ‘Manx Missile’ Mark Cavendish makes his way to the start line alongside his Omega Pharma Quick-Step team mates. Although not a favourite for today’s stage win, he is tipped for success in the next two stage finishes in Guildford & London, both of which I will attend.

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Sir Bradley Wiggins waits with the riders ahead of the start of the race, knowing that overall Victory in the tour is not far off providing all goes well.

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2013 Tour De France runner up Nairo Quintana for the Movistar team lines up meters from my camera lens as he chats to team Sky rider David Lopez alongside him.

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Cavendish makes his way to the start with a few minutes to go until 11am.

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After the start of the stage in Sidmouth, I made my way to the midway point in Exeter, just before one of the sprints. Here, Sir Bradley Wiggins rides behind his Team Sky team mates who were controlling the peloton. 2nd placed Ian Stannard was riding in front of Wiggins, though would drop down the overall classification at the end of the stage.

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Further back in the Peloton, riders pick up speed as they head towards the end of the intermediate sprint on Exeter High Street.

As with this stage, I will also blog any images I take from the final two stages of the tour in Guildford and London.

1 comment
  1. I missed the tour coming through Exeter (I was at work, not too many miles away), but it’s great to see photos of the event. Great shots, particularly the sprint photos.

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