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[2.HC] Tour of Britain
« on: August 30, 2018, 09:38 »
OVO Tour of Britain



Organisers have unveiled an innovative and unpredictable route for the 2018 OVO Energy Tour of Britain.

The race, which takes place from 2 to 9 September, will include a team time trial for the first time, as well as a summit finish on Whinlatter Pass in Cumbria on Stage Six.

The 1,140-kilometre route will take the world’s top riders from Pembrey Country Park on the Carmarthenshire coast in South Wales to the streets of Central London, via Devon, Bristol, Warwickshire, Cumbria and Nottinghamshire across eight stages of racing.

“This year we have worked hard to create an innovative and unpredictable route, with several surprises in store throughout the race,” said Race Director Mick Bennett. “Several stages have stings in the tail; climbs positioned towards the finale of Stages One, Two and Three will keep the outcome up in the air until the very end.

“Our partners at Cumbria County Council have helped us to achieve something that we have been keen to do for a number of years on Stage Five – a team time trial that finishes atop Whinlatter Pass. This will be a test like no other, as teams will have to get their equipment choices and tactics spot on. The race may not be won here, but some riders could certainly lose it.

“In another first for the OVO Energy Tour of Britain, we return to the same climb the following day for a double ascent of our summit finish – although riders will tackle it during a conventional road stage, albeit from its harder eastern side!

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Stage 1  »  Pembrey Country Park  ›  Newport   (174.8km)



Belmont Hill is 800m at 9%

Stage 2  »  Cranbrook  ›  Barnstaple   (174.9km)



Challacombe Hill is 1km at 13%

Stage 3  »  Bristol  ›  Bristol   (128km)



Same finish as used in 2014 (Kwiatkowski) and 2016 (Dennis).

Stage 4  »  Nuneaton  ›  Royal Leamington Spa   (183.5km)



Stage 5  »  Cockermouth  ›  Whinlatter Pass TTT  (14km)



Final 5km is at 4%

Stage 6  »  Barrow-in-Furness  ›  Whinlatter Pass   (168.3km)



This is the tougher side of Whinlatter Pass. 3km at 7%

Stage 7  »  West Bridgford  ›  Mansfield   (215.6km)



Stage 8  »  London  ›  London   (77km)



14 laps.

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    Re: [2.HC] Tour of Britain
    « Reply #1 on: August 30, 2018, 10:15 »
    Competing teams:

    UCI WorldTour

    BMC (Bevin)
    Lotto Soudal (Greipel and Jelle)
    Mitchelton Scott (Ewan and Power)
    Movistar (Rojas)
    Quick-Step (Gaviria, Alaphilippe, Jungels and Schachmann!)
    Dimension Data
    EF-Drapac (Van den Berg)
    Katusha-Alpecin (Politt and Strakhov)
    LottoNL-Jumbo (Roglic)
    Sky (Thomas and Poels)
    Sunweb (Bauhaus)

    UCI Pro Continental

    Aquablue
    Bardiani (Barbin)
    Direct Energie (Chavanel and Hivert)
    Wanty (Meurisse, Pasqualon and Smith)

    UCI Continental

    Canyon Eisberg (Stedman)
    JLT Condor (Slater)
    Madison Genesis (Swift)
    One (Liepins)
    Team Wiggins (Fouche)

    National Selection

    GB (Hayter and Wright)

    Team Wiggins replaced Aquablue as they were the next ranked team in the qualifying series of races.
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    Re: [2.HC] Tour of Britain
    « Reply #2 on: August 30, 2018, 10:24 »
    https://www.tourofbritain.co.uk/about/television/

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    Cycling enthusisats will once again be able to watch every moment of the OVO Energy Tour of Britain live this September as ITV4 screen all eight stages from start to finish for the second year running.



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    OVO Energy Tour of Britain fans living outside of the UK will once again be able to catch all the action from the eight days of competition.

    The 2018 edition will be shown in the following locations:

    Eurosport – Pan-Europe
    L’Equipe – France
    OSN – Middle East and North Africa
    KWESE – Africa
    Supersport – Sub-Saharan Africa
    FUBO – North America
    TDN – Mexico
    ESPN – Latin America
    ESPN – Brazil
    Sky – NZ
    DAZN – Japan
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    Re: [2.HC] Tour of Britain
    « Reply #3 on: August 30, 2018, 12:22 »
     wonder what froomie will make of Britain as a place...   :shh
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    Re: [2.HC] Tour of Britain
    « Reply #4 on: August 30, 2018, 21:27 »
    Competing teams:

    UCI WorldTour
    some teams(important names)
    .....
    Dimension Data
    .....
    some other teams (with more important names)


    A small protest from me...
    I think you could give the #didata captain an honorable mention this time. He has won the race twice before, and there are many mentioned that haven't won even once :P
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    Re: [2.HC] Tour of Britain
    « Reply #5 on: August 30, 2018, 21:57 »
    A small protest from me...
    I think you could give the #didata captain an honorable mention this time. He has won the race twice before, and there are many mentioned that haven't won even once :P

    Ah. The reason DD have no names yet is that they are the only team I couldn't find even a provisional roster for (I'm guessing due to Cavendish). They have tweeted that they will announce the team tomorrow morning, so I may add a name or two then.

    Since you are here, any gossip on The Eiking? Recovered from his saddle sore?
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    Re: [2.HC] Tour of Britain
    « Reply #7 on: August 31, 2018, 09:04 »
    So does a MTTT work as a TTT, with the time taken on the 4th man, or is it an ITT with drafting opportunities early on?
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    Re: [2.HC] Tour of Britain
    « Reply #8 on: August 31, 2018, 09:29 »
    So does a MTTT work as a TTT, with the time taken on the 4th man, or is it an ITT with drafting opportunities early on?

    Time is taken on the fourth man.

    https://twitter.com/TeamDiData/status/1035423432811397121

    I can see a two time stage winner, but no two time race winner...  :slow
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    Re: [2.HC] Tour of Britain
    « Reply #9 on: August 31, 2018, 12:56 »
    Og, my bad, as EBH was listed when I checked.  :( seemed a bit rough to leve him out of the preview but you had better info than me.
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    Re: [2.HC] Tour of Britain
    « Reply #10 on: August 31, 2018, 18:35 »
    Og, my bad, as EBH was listed when I checked.  :( seemed a bit rough to leve him out of the preview but you had better info than me.

    Could be EBH fancies his luck in Canada rather than Britain.
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    Re: [2.HC] Tour of Britain
    « Reply #11 on: September 02, 2018, 20:25 »


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    Re: [2.HC] Tour of Britain
    « Reply #12 on: September 02, 2018, 21:31 »
    Fernando still loves to go early, doesn't he...  :S

    Good to see Greipel taking a win again though, beating his younger replacement at #lotto Lotto ;)
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    Re: [2.HC] Tour of Britain
    « Reply #13 on: September 03, 2018, 09:10 »
    Would've been nice to see Thomas or Jungels take it but a great win for Greipel nonetheless.
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    Re: [2.HC] Tour of Britain
    « Reply #14 on: September 03, 2018, 10:12 »
    Would've been nice to see Thomas or Jungels take it but a great win for Greipel nonetheless.

    Could just be me but Thomas looked like he's been enjoying himself a bit since July. :D
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    Re: [2.HC] Tour of Britain
    « Reply #15 on: September 03, 2018, 10:39 »
    Could just be me but Thomas looked like he's been enjoying himself a bit since July. :D

    well, the video above sees him attacking on the final climb ;)
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    Re: [2.HC] Tour of Britain
    « Reply #16 on: September 03, 2018, 10:49 »
    well, the video above sees him attacking on the final climb ;)

     He said he felt he had to give it a try, since he was riding on his home patch, but he's not got the condition.
    As much to to with all the post Tour commitments as anything, since he hasn't had a proper break.
    Mind you, he said it much better here:

    https://twitter.com/GeraintThomas86/status/1036313410508611584

     :lol
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    Re: [2.HC] Tour of Britain
    « Reply #17 on: September 03, 2018, 15:54 »
    that was a cracker of a finale today, with lots of attacks and groups everywhere :cool

    In the end, Meyer (from the early break) and Tonelli (likewise) just made it in front of the storming chase group, and were rewarded with the win for Meyer and the leader's jersey for Tonelli



    you were right about Thomas btw, he lost 3:22 today. Still finished 8 minutes ahead of Froome though

    For whatever reason, Eurosport had no live pictures today for most of the final 20k while everything was working perfectly fine on ITV
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    Re: [2.HC] Tour of Britain
    « Reply #18 on: September 03, 2018, 17:51 »
     Not everyday you get to see Froome on the front, with Ian Stannard sat behind.
    I agree with Search, some great racing, but we got to see nothing of how things broke into pieces on the 1st cat wall.
    Despite coverage of the entire race, some technical savvy required behind the screens.
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    Re: [2.HC] Tour of Britain
    « Reply #19 on: September 03, 2018, 21:11 »
    Great race today, thrilled for Meyer and Tonelli! It's clear Froome and Thomas are riding for Poels now, not often you see Froome 12 minutes behind in a tour  :S
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    Re: [2.HC] Tour of Britain
    « Reply #20 on: September 04, 2018, 00:38 »
    Yeah, that was fun to watch, in spite of the fact that the most crucial part of the race went missing from the camera feed.

    I love those roads though. It's fun to see the peloton on different terrain. I remember roads like that from my one trip to England/Wales as a kid. It would be fun to explore them on a bike, but not when open to traffic. High hedges, narrow lanes, blind corners—not something I'd want to share with cars.

    Good nail-biting finish for the breakaway. Tension right down to the last few moments. After a good stage at the Vuelta yesterday, this was an unexpected bonus for cycling fans.
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    Re: [2.HC] Tour of Britain
    « Reply #21 on: September 04, 2018, 08:08 »
    Stage 3  »  Bristol  ›  Bristol   (128km)



    Same finish as used in 2014 (Kwiatkowski) and 2016 (Dennis).

    it seem to be different roads they use...





    ...but still the same type of finish, yeah, 800m @8%, then 2.5k flattish to the line

    The 1k @8% climb 8k before the finish is new as well

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    Re: [2.HC] Tour of Britain
    « Reply #22 on: September 04, 2018, 15:45 »
    https://twitter.com/quickstepteam/status/1036981730253660161

    Pretty hectic stage as it took a long time for a break to establish. People like Schachmann, Kung, Chavanel etc were trying to get away, and if they had, chances are they wouldn't have been seen again. So finally a quartet of lesser names was given a small gap.

    Finish didn't play out as I thought. Not super selective as some sprinters made it, but enough so that we didn't know who still had legs.



    Bevin picked up two bonifications early in the stage and they proved decisive as he is now level on time with Meyer and takes the leader's jersey on countback.
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    Re: [2.HC] Tour of Britain
    « Reply #23 on: September 04, 2018, 20:50 »
    Stage 5 TTT to decide the GC or will Stage 6 do it? Always a close one, this race, and still too close to call at this early stage.

    On paper, Bevin has a really good shot if he can hold it together until Thursday because #bmc is nicely stacked for a race against the clock. Can't see #mitchelton or #quickstep getting close enough with that profile.
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    Re: [2.HC] Tour of Britain
    « Reply #24 on: September 04, 2018, 22:07 »
    https://twitter.com/quickstepteam/status/1036981730253660161

    So has Alaphilippe already announced his win over the team radio channel, or is Jungels reacting to the PA at the finish, or just assuming he wouldn't lose from there?  How can he see the winner from where he is?

    (Not specific to Jungels, I often see this type of "How can he be sure?" celebration)
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    Re: [2.HC] Tour of Britain
    « Reply #25 on: September 05, 2018, 08:21 »
    So has Alaphilippe already announced his win over the team radio channel, or is Jungels reacting to the PA at the finish, or just assuming he wouldn't lose from there?  How can he see the winner from where he is?

    (Not specific to Jungels, I often see this type of "How can he be sure?" celebration)

    All sorts of reasons in other races: big screen by the finish, timing board flashing up the names immediately as their transponders pass the line, announcer PA as you say.

    But here I think there's an announcer, plus Jungels can probably see him sit up and then it comes down to the colours and attitude of Ala's silhouette. In the video he has definitely crossed the line before Jungels reacts.

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    Re: [2.HC] Tour of Britain
    « Reply #26 on: September 05, 2018, 10:29 »
    Yes, if you pause the video at 1:33, it appears that Jungels has pretty good line of sight to the one person sitting up with his arm raised.
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    Re: [2.HC] Tour of Britain
    « Reply #27 on: September 05, 2018, 10:35 »
    Nice work folks - time to dust down the Zapruder film and sort that one out once and for all too!
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    Re: [2.HC] Tour of Britain
    « Reply #28 on: September 05, 2018, 17:13 »
    https://twitter.com/TourofBritain/status/1037369434543927296

    There wasn't such a battle to get in the break today.



    Gaviria was very badly placed/blocked in and I don't know where Ewan was. He was struggling on a climb towards the end of the stage when others seemed fine, so maybe he's just under the weather.
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    Re: [2.HC] Tour of Britain
    « Reply #29 on: September 05, 2018, 21:28 »
    Tomorrow's time trial will certainly be a test for the big teams! Can see Poels shooting up the standings tomorrow.
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