The Tour Of Britain: The Story So Far…

The Tour Of Britain: The Story So Far…

After a flying start from Mark Cavendish into third place from Stage One, the British fairytale seems to have come to an end after a series of victories from the competition, knocking the Brits ever further down the lists.

Monday saw a glimmer of hope, when Ben Swift managed to come in second, behind Australia’s Mark Renshaw and ahead of Ireland’s Sam Bennett. Reigning Tour Champion Bradley Wiggins could only manage 11th place on day two and Mark Cavendish finished down the list in 34th place too.

Tuesday’s stage from Newtown to The Tumble shook things up a little bit; the Tumble, one of the most feared climbs in Britain challenged every rider and required many hopefuls to have a change of tactic. Bradley Wiggins decided to tackle the course without victory in mind but hoping to minimize any championship losses, ending the stage in an admirable fifth place.

The stage was won by Edoardo Zardini, followed by Michal Kwiatkowski in second and Nicolas Roche in third.

Yesterday’s 184.6 kilometer stage from Worcester to Bristol was won by Poland’s Michal Kwiatkowski, who may have put the final nail in the coffin for Bradley Wiggins’s championship hopes. In final meters, the young 24 year old was able to steal the victory from Holland’s Albert Timmer who claimed second and German rider Dylan Teuns in third. Bradley Wiggins is still left in sixth place overall and may be able to claw back some much needed points in the future stages; a victory is still on the cards, providing Kwiatkowski suffers from some find of major technical difficulty.

Whatever happens, Bradley Wiggins has promised that he will give it his all no matter what and defend his title with as much tenacity as he can summon.

The next stage is a 177.3 kilometer haul from Exmouth to Exeter that promises to bring even more excitement to the competition than we’ve already seen. The Friends Life Yellow Jersey will be worn by Michal Kwiatkowski, the Chain Reaction Cycles Points Jersey by Ben Swift, the SKODA King of the Mountains Jersery by Mark McNally and the Yodel Direct Sprints Jersey by Sebastian Lander.

Watch the final tense kilometers for yourself right here!


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