Tour of Britain 2016

Below are a selection of images I took over the week.

George Square in Glasgow was packed on the Sunday morning of the Grand Depart as the riders signed on at the stage.

Team Wiggins were the first to arrive, giving everyone plenty pf time to get a glimpse of the machines the team would be riding. 

As the team won the Tour of Britain last year with Edvald Boasson Hagen (as MTN Qubekha) Mark Cavendish was give the number 1 for the race.

Andre Greipel of Lotto Soudal was looking for more stage wins after last years strong performances. He went on to win stage 1 in a sprint finish in Castle Douglas.

Crowds had plenty in the lungs when Sir Bradley Wiggins arrived in Glasgow. The start of his las professional stage road race in his career.

Etixx Quickstep were in this year’s Tour of Britain with the aim being to ride for Dan Martin in the general classification. Julien Vermote managed to hold the yellow jersey for three days.

Fresh off of his Olympic omnium success in Rio, Elia Viviani was back in Team Sky colours & aiming for a similar number of stage victories as in 2015.

Jon Dibben of Team Wiggins looked cool, calm & collected as he rode to the sign on stage in Glasgow.

Taylor Phinney of BMC was a popular rider amongst the fans, sporting the tasche that made him easily recognisable in the peloton.

 

Before the racing got underway at Kilometre zero, the riders completed a neutralised lap around the city centre.

Stage 5 in Bath & the breakaway group who had been away all day, were being relentlessly chased by the peloton. The photo above was taken on the final short climb with 250m to go. Jack Bauer (in green) of Cannondale Drapac snatched the victory by just 10m of the chasing group.

The high pace heading into Bath split the peloton up into smaller groups who were presented with a short climb just before the finish straight.

Wind & rain greeted the riders at the start of stage 6 in Sidmouth, adding an extra ingredient to the day’s action.

Due to the weather, most of the teams signed on fairly late in Sidmouth, wanting to keep warm in the team buses & on the turbo trainers.

Steve Cummings of Dimension Data was 2nd to Julien Vermote heading into stage 6, though he would take the lead & with it the yellow jersey up on Haytor.

Tom Dumoulin looked optomistic for the stage ahead, which looked good for him followed by a time trial the following day.

Dan Martin, another pre stage fav for the win appeared on stage with minutes to go before the riders rolled out of Sidmouth.

Councillor Stuart Hughes waved the Devon flag to mark the beginning of the day’s action.

With about 23 to go before the summit finsh at Haytor, the riders arrived at the stages peniltimate KOM climb out of Dunchideock, this proved a test for the field, which was split into smaller groups while the breakaway group lost ground.

Before the beginning of the stage 7a Time Trial in Bristol, most of the riders lapped the circuit to fine tune & prepare for their effort later on. Wet weather added something else for riders to think about.

Sir Bradley Wiggins opted for a road bike setup as opposed to the usual tt bike you would usually see him adapt for a stage like this.


He time trial ran in reverse order which meant that Steve Cummings was last to set a time. He eventually came home in a strong 4th, just 16 seconds down on Tony Martin (above middle) who won the time trial.

Stage 7b later on Saturday in Bristol saw riders ride 6 laps of the course used in the mornings time trial. The peloton are pictured climbing Bridge Valley Road on lap 1 after a breakaway of 4 riders including Andre Greipel made an escape.

The iconic Clifton Suspension bridge provided a great backdrop (and circuit) for the day’s 2 stages in Bristol.


As the peloton picked up pace in the closing stages of the race, they closed down the gap to the breakaway.

The peloton heads towards Bridge Valley Road for the final time. Rohan Dennis of BMC made a break for it at the top & took the stage win, moving him up to 2nd in the GC, above Tom Dumoulin.


Further back, riders who werent realistically in with a chance of a stage win, or who had played their part, rolled into the finish together. 


Before the final stage, Ed Clancy (not competing in this year’s tour) took the opportunity to tide the Central London course before he went off to carry out media duties.

There were some iconic London sights for the peloton to ride through on stage 8, including Piccadilly Circus by the start/finish.


Taylor Phinney is pictured here in the day’s breakaway that were reeled in before the 16 laps were up.

There wasnt any pressure on Brad to perform throughout the race, so he rode in the peloton on near the back, soaking up all of the roadside support.

It was Caleb Ewan of Orica BikeExchange who gave a late injection of pace to take stage victory on the streets of London.


After two 2nd places in previous years, Steve Cummings could finally claim 1st place as his own in 2016 after finishing the stage safely in the Peloton. He looked strong throughout the Tour, with the stage 2 breakway a key moment.

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