Aviva Tour Of Britain, London Stage 13/09/15

On Sunday 13th September 2015, many of Central London’s busiest streets were completley closed to traffic for the day, to allow for the arrival of the Tour of Britain and it’s finale. It has become a tradition for the final stage of the modern Tour Of Britain to take place in London, though due to cycle superhighway works on the Victoria Embankment, there is a brand new circuit for 2015. The route passed through iconic landmarks such as Trafalgar square, Piccadilly Circus as well as the Strand & Whitehall on a 6km circuit.

As was the case in the previous couple of years, I was in town for the stage, taking my spot by the Start/Finish at Piccadilly Circus. 

Below is a selection of images I took on the day.

 
Chris Boardman made an appearance early on in the day before signing autographs for fans & making interview & tv appearances later in the day.

After winning the Tour Of Britain in 2014, Dylan Van Baarle of Cannondale Garmin wasnt in the frame this year, though he did play a role in the team achieving best team of the race.    Benat Inxtausti of the Movistar team rolls along the finish line en route to the sign on area.

  After winning several stages earlier on in the tour & narrowly missing out by the smallest of margins to Andre Greipel in Ipswich the day before, Elia Viviani of Team Sky was heading into the finale in fine form.

  Tao Geoghegan Hart, the young rider in the Great Britain squad took time out of his scedule before the race to sign caps & programmes for fans.

  After signing on some riders took some time to check out the circuit, talk to the media & take photos of the circuit & its iconic London surroundings. 

  Owain Doull of the Wiggins team carried the points classification jersey into the final stage & with the support of his team, kept it as well as third place overall & the combativity awards. He knew the podium very well after the race!
  Rob Hayles was on tv duties for the Tour of Britain. 

  Joe Fisher, otherwise known as ‘the man on the mic’ is a prominent figure on the finish line of every stage of the Tour of Britain. Entertaining the crowds as they wait for the cyclists, building the noise on the boards with his trademark ‘hup hup hup’

  Ben Swift & Ian Stannard of Team Sky made their way along Regent Street St James towards the sign on area.

  Peter Williams of the One Pro Cycling team took some time out before the race to sign memorabillia for fans, having already won the Kom & Sprints classifications.
  Two very popular figures, Kristian House & Ed Clancy of the JLT Condor team wave to the crowds after signing on before the stage.

  Having focused his attentions on the track, targeting the Rio Olympics next year. 2013 winner Sir Bradley Wiggins wasnt intending to finish as high up in the GC as the last couple of years. Now riding for his own Wiggins team, he was supporting his young teammates, most notably Owain Doull, who had a successful tour.
  Some riders took time before the race to warm up along Regent Street, here’s Juraj Sagan (Peter’s older brother) of Tinkoff Saxo after signing on.

  Once the race got underway, riders had 14 laps to try and make a breakaway stick. Some tried before being reeled back in by the peloton on lap 14. Here’s Elia Viviani making his way through the field.
British national champion, Peter Kennaugh of Team Sky heads the peloton midway through the race, with MTN Chasing behind, protecting the lead in the general classification od Edvald Boasson Hagen.  

  The MTN Qhubeka team then take control at the head of the peloton as the race enters the latter stages.
  With his job for the team done, Wiggo settles down in the pack as the sprint trains begin to form at the front.

  With each lap, the pace and intensity of the race increases as the breakaway are reeled in.
  Kennaugh continues to battle it out near to the front with the MTN Qhubeka boys.

  After the race, with third place secure for Owain Doull, Sir Bradley Wiggins is pretty satisfied with the job he & the team has done.
  Boasson Hagen is congratulated by his team mates after the race on his second Tour Of Britain win, another fantastic result this season for the MTN Qhubeka team.

 

In this day and age, you can find cameras everywhere, even in this case, mounted onto champagne bottles. Eddie the boss making the most of the GoPro while he sips the winner’s champagne!

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