Tour of Britain 2010

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Photo: Joolze Dymond

On Constitution Hill, Swansea, stage 3. Photo: Joolze Dymond

I really enjoyed watching the highlights of this year’s Tour of Britain. The 8 stages saw plenty of aggressive racing, breakaways, bunch sprints and some impressive solo victories. Having 6-man teams (as opposed to perhaps 9-10 on the Tour de France) made it harder for one team to control the race, and resulted in more dynamic racing.

The queen stage was probably stage 3 into Swansea, which culminated in a win for eventual winner Michael Albasini up the steep cobbles of Constitution Hill – although my digibox picked that precise day to malfunction, so I missed it (thanks Virgin Media). Albasini held on to the yellow jersey thanks to some dogged defending by HTC, despite his own bout of ‘dysentery’ after the Swansea stage, and the team’s being reduced to 4 men mid-way through the Tour.

I’m looking forward to a potential sprint showdown in next year’s Tour de France, between former HTC teammates Mark Cavendish and André Griepel (aka The Gorilla) [Honestly, he’s an animal – even from the aerial footage of a bunch sprint you can spot his massive lower body]. Griepel, who I’d never heard of before, won 3 stages in the Tour of Britain, but has never ridden the Tour de France. Now Griepel moves to Omega-Pharma-Lotto, where he’ll be well placed for a head-to-head against Cav next summer.

One Response to “Tour of Britain 2010”

  1. Millsy September 27th, 2010 at 2:04 pm

    Minor factual correction here Al: you HAD heard of Greipel before. We were stood watching highlights of TdF2010 stage 1 in Chez Nagler, Alta Badia. We got talking about Team HTC sprinters. I mentioned Greipel. “haha, who? GREIpel? Who’s THAT?” you said. I explained. Although clearly you were more interested in the food we were preparing! – fair enough to.

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