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Tour of Britain – Time Trial

Posted in England, London by folkestonejack on September 18, 2011

The Tour of Britain made a welcome return to the streets of central London today (last year’s London stage was forced east due to the Pope’s visit to London) with a time trial in the morning and a ten lap circuit race in the afternoon. I headed up to Whitehall to watch the build up to the first of the two stages and then catch some of the time trial action on the final section of the circuit. The crowds seemed larger than in previous years but the teams were still as open and accessible as ever in their preparations, which is one of the things I love about this sport.

After spending far too many hours glued to television screens watching the classics and grand tours it was fantastic to be able to see up close some of the great names that I have followed this year – riders like Mark Cavendish, Bernie Eisel, Mark Renshaw, Geraint Thomas and Thor Hushovd. No doubt about it, Whitehall was a great place to be this morning. The atmosphere was incredible – particularly as riders set off down the ramp and then again when they finished their laps.

The stage win went to Alex Dowsett (who took the title of British time trial champion only a few weeks ago) with a finish in 10 minutes and 14 seconds, just ahead of the overall leader, Lars Boom.

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