Tour Of Britain Stage 1

10/09/2012   |   Posted by jeremy

Tour of Britain Stage 1: Ipswich – Norfolk Showground 203km.

This was a very exciting day for me as the tour was starting in my home town. The weather was fabulous and myself and my neighbour got ready and headed off down to the waterfront in Ipswich.

We got down there in good time so we could get a glimpse of the riders. From our view point we were lucky enough to see them  come past twice as they went up to sign on and then come back ready for the start. Everyone of course wanted to see a certain Bradley Wiggins. We were very lucky as he pulled up in front of us while he was waiting to go, check out the Facebook pictures. The excitement was building and then a ten second countdown to 10.00am marked the start of the race.

Mark Cavendish led the peloton away from the waterfront as huge crowds cheered and waved in the sunshine. The lead out made its way through the town and up to the point where the real racing started at Kesgrave. Immediately there was a breakaway as four riders went off the front and made their way to the first sprint point in Melton. At the line it was Rony Martias who took the honours for Saur Sojasun followed by the Brit Kristian House for Rapha Condor.

The sun brought the crowds out in force as the peloton made its way up the Suffolk coast to the first climb of the day, a category three up Snape hill which was taken by House. At this point the leading group was ahead of the field by just over six minutes.

Shortly after, they approached the second climb of the day which House also took. Meanwhile in the peloton the atmosphere seemed quite relaxed with no dramas to speak of. The temperatures were touching 30 degrees which a lot of these riders were used to, riding on the continent.

The leading group arrived in Great Yarmouth and the second sprint of the day on the sea front. This was taken by Jonny Clarke of United Healthcare with House never far away coming in second. The third and final sprint of the day at Coltishall was taken by Rony Martias who would also wear the sprinters jersey.

As the peloton started to approach the end of the stage in Norfolk things started to hot up. Tensions were rising and little mistakes were being made as the riders as they jostled for position. The final climb of the day was a straight race between Kristian House and Niels Wytinck of An Post Sean Kelly, which House took to take the King of the mountains jersey.

 There were a number of crashes near the end of the stage as they neared the showground in Norfolk. First one came with 19km to go with Rico Rogers bouncing along the grass verge before finishing up in the road. He wasn’t hurt and was able to continue. Next was a more serious crash at a small hump back bridge where the road was squeezed together. It was just a case of too many riders trying to get though too smaller gap. This fractured the bunch and strung them out for the rest of the stage. This saw a number of riders down and damaged.

The pace quickened as the peloton got near to the entrance of the showground. The lead out trains were being formed  firstly by Sky with Bradley Wiggins doing his bit to get Cav into the perfect position and then by Orica Grennedge. Sky took control as they entered the showground, but disaster struck them as Cavendish went down hard on a sandy corner taking several riders with him, including at least four Garmin Sharp riders, amongst them Tyler Farrar. Fortunately they all got up but were a bit cut and bruised.

The final run to the line was a contest between Sky’s Luke Rowe and Boy Van Poppel of United Healthcare. The winner was Luke Rowe, who would have been especially please as he was only brought into the team last minute.

All in all an exciting first days racing. Let’s hope the next few days see the action continue.

 

Stage

 

1

Luke Rowe

Sky Procycling

2

Boy Van Poppel

UnitedHealthcare

3

Russell Downing

Endura Racing

Overall

1

Luke Rowe

Sky Procycling

2

Rony Martias

Saur Sojasun

3

Boy Van Poppel

UnitedHealthcare

Points

1

Luke Rowe

Sky Procycling

2

Boy Van Poppel

UnitedHealthcare

3

Russell Downing

Endura Racing

Mountains

1

Kristian House

Rapha Condor

2

Niels Wytinck

An Post Sean Kelly

3

Rony Martias

Saur Sojasun

Sprints

1

Rony Martias

Saur Sojasun

2

Kristian House

Rapha Condor

3

Jonny Clarke

UnitedHealthcare

Team

1

Saur Sojasun

 

2

Sky Procycling

 

3

Endura Racing

 

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