Tour of Britain Stages 8a & 8b

The Tour of Britain came to a climax in our capital city of London, with a split stage day. A time trial in the morning of 8.8KM, which was likely to be the final deciding part of the race. Followed by a criterium in the afternoon around the same course of 88.8KM.

As it was just down the road from us, we went down to catch the end of the time trial and take in the criterium.

View onto the course

View onto the course

Bradley Wiggins managed to win the time trial but it was not enough to move up into the leader’s jersey, which Dylan van Baarle was able to retain leading into the Criterium.

Bradley Wiggins in the national champions stripes

Bradley Wiggins in the national champion’s stripes

Dylan van Baarle

Dylan van Baarle

Nicolas Roche

Nicolas Roche

Edoardo Zardini

Edoardo Zardini

The criterium was following the time trial a few hours later, so we checked out some more of the course.

View from the barriers

View from the barriers

The team buses were all parked up on Westminster Bridge.

Team Buses on Westminster Bridge

Team Buses on Westminster Bridge

The criterium was 10 laps of the same course used for the time trial around central London and was set to be raced at a frenetic pace.

The early break

The early break

Bradley Wiggins in the Peloton

Bradley Wiggins in the peloton

Go New Zealand!

Go New Zealand!

Big Crowds

Big Crowds

Mark Cavendish in the Peloton

Mark Cavendish in the peloton

Sebastian Lander

Sebastian Lander

The breakaway was caught with around 5KM to go.

The Breakaway

The Breakaway

Ramping up for the sprint

Ramping up for the sprint

We weren’t at the finish line but Mark Cavendish was pipped in the sprint by Marcel Kittle, it must be those gigantic thighs (not the ones above, his are even bigger)!



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