PEZ ROADSIDE: Tour of Britain’21 Stage 7 The Highway to Edinburgh

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Tour of Britain Roadside: Ed Hood hasn’t been to a high race for… properly, a very long time, thanks to Mr. Covid. So, with the Tour of Britain stage 7 beginning simply down the highway he couldn’t miss out on the thrill. Ed goes ‘Roadside’ in Scotland.

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Wanside Rig and the wind is whistling down the prime hill, excellent news for ‘Cav’ and the opposite non-climbers, the stone wall head wind will hold the pace down. That wind additionally retains us within the automotive, heat it’s not however a half first rate crowd is assembling. It was 4 hours in the past we arrived in Hawick and there was a pleasant shot of Ken Laidlaw, Tour de France hero and residential boy; ‘he lived simply not far away from right here,’ a woman tells us.

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Throughout the highway there’s a store window show honouring the legendary Bantel skilled group from the 70’s, the corporate’s HQ was right here in Hawick – maybe somebody may have set that group bike up a tad higher although? My first biking hero, Hugh Porter is properly represented within the show; Pursuit King and highway man of high quality. As John McMillan as soon as advised me; ‘in case you have been within the break, appeared again and noticed that Hughie was on the head of the chase then you definitely knew it was throughout.’

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xpedo cxr pedalbanner with Brian McCullough

It was surreal to see a Tour de France fashion convoy thread right into a Borders city – and there’s Silvan Dillier’s good Swiss Champion liveried Canyon on the roof of the Alpecin Fenix group automotive.

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The buses and automobiles park up and the mechanics begin to lay out the {hardware} – Wout van Aert’s Cervelo additionally pays homage to its grasp’s nationwide maillot.

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No monitor pumps or clumsy massive automobile mounted compressors for the Jumbo mechanics, simply neat hand-held compressors. And as regards to ‘gizmos,’ PEZ mentor and soothsayer, Viktor, was in Hawick, his first race begin for some time, he as amazed on the ‘tech’ within the group automobiles – iPhones, laptops, tablets, radios; ‘an excessive amount of, bike racing lowered to a pc managed online game!’ He’s not the one one who thinks that race radios ought to be accomplished away with. . .

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xpedo cxr pedalbanner with Brian McCullough

Good blue anodised over-sized derailleur rollers could not save as many as the two.5 watts producers declare – Dan Bigham reckons extra like 0.5 – however they do look rattling cool.

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And while the overwhelming majority of the sphere at the moment are on disc brakes, the blue jersey and his squadra aren’t amongst them. We chatted to an previous buddy who’s on the race as a mechanic, we talked about discs, he merely rolled his eyes. . .

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Julian Alaphilippe’s Specialised 2021 color scheme is way simpler on the attention than the unique, ‘explosion in a paint manufacturing facility’ job.

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Stevie Cummings – Dave and I’ve been stalking him since his Discovery days via BarloWorld, Sky, BMC, MTN/Dimension Knowledge days and the person all the time has time for us.

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He’s moved from his beloved Italy again to the Wirral as DS with Ineos and is having fun with the contemporary problem, trying as lean and imply as he ever did.

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Orange bikes aren’t to everybody’s style however I like them, the Rally group’s Felts are cool – and it’s been a great race for the US group with Carpenter’s stage win.

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Ribble’s ‘splatter’ jersey, modelled right here by Matt Gibson, ‘rad’ or canine’s breakfast? Solutions on a postcard please – it reminds Vik of the previous Le Groupement maillot. . .

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And what did we do earlier than we had good telephones – with the Canyon boys all, ‘eyes down, look in.’ Dave was telling me that Dan Lloyd in his race commentary talked about that in ‘his day’ there can be good banter on the group buses after a race – now everybody sits mesmerised by their good telephones.

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In the meantime, their u23 World Cup ‘cross successful group mate, Thomas Mein shows a nice number of duelling scars.

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My former cost from the six days, Silvan Dillier appears 1,000,000 {dollars} in his Swiss Champion’s jersey with matching machine – chances are you’ll bear in mind him greatest as runner-up to Peter Sagan within the 2018 Paris-Roubaix?

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Former World Time Trial Champion, Rohan Dennis has a repute for being ‘tough’ however was chatting fortunately to one and all firstly – it should be the Scottish air, or maybe on the considered leaving INEOS?

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Mark pedalled previous, en route the sign-on, I saved properly again, I’ve seen these movies that includes the, ‘Wrath of Cav.’

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Race chief, resplendent in blue jersey, ‘man on the up,’ Ethan Vernon appeared relaxed although.

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Additionally chilled was Cav’s much less spikey rainbow jerseyed group mate, Julian Alaphilippe, Dave gave him a fast; ‘Bon jour’ and the Champion Du Monde returned the greeting with a smile.

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Israel’s discuss Reto Hollenstein was speaking tyre strain along with his mechanic; ‘six or seven bars?’

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Former British Elite Champion, Connor Swift is an enormous, sturdy lad – he’s having a wonderful season with Tro Bro Leon and Poitou Charentes going his means in addition to fifth within the demanding UCi WorldTour Bretagne Traditional-Ouest-France, previously generally known as the GP Plouay.

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Good to see Canyon man, Jacob Scott within the inexperienced of mountains chief within the face of very sturdy opposition.

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Tim De Clerq stopped off for a final minute ‘consolation break’ earlier than heading for the beginning – once you’re shut as much as him you do realise that he’s a BiG boy.

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We snapped a pair extra rider pics en route the beginning, together with Nico Roche, at 37 years-old now in his 18th professional season and it’s all the time good to get a fortunate pre-race shot of the day’s winner, Lampaert. Time to go off into the hills.

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Wanside Rig and the view again to Fife and The Lomond Hills is beautiful however the wind is COLD. We placed on our jackets and take up place within the heather, simply down from the prime line. The race announcer tells us there’s a break of six with a 5 minute plus lead, from which massive, elegant Movistar American, Matteo Jorgensen is now ‘digital’ race chief.

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There’s the chopper, and there’s the break with aforementioned Movistar man, Jorgensen driving exhausting, the considered a pacesetter’s jersey drawing the watts from him. There’s a Ribble on his wheel, Matt Gibson – good job, sir! – then two Deceuninck riders, Het Nieuwsblad winner, Davide Ballerini and former Belgian Highway Race Champion and present Nationwide TT Champion, wily Yves Lampaert, with Pascal Eenkhoorn there for Jumbo Visma.

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We make the lead simply over 4 minutes with INEOS on the entrance however not trying too involved. As Vic stated, they’d all know the hole and be directions from the automotive as to how a lot rope the banditos ought to be given.

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The person within the blue jersey was properly again the peloton and never trying pressured both. I had hope for extra footage of the peloton however needed to leap to security because the peloton abruptly unfold gutter to gutter, trimming the heather on either side of the highway.

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That nasty headwind had been instrumental in protecting the pace down and there have been simply two riders off the again; a Swift Carbon, tucked into his group automotive which was within the convoy – and the unlucky Ross Holland from Saint Piran, he’d finish the day @ 20:23 however comfortably contained in the 41:52 time minimize.

It appeared to us just like the break would ‘stick,’ and if it did then there can be just one winner – and so it proved. CHAPEAU! Monsieur Lampaert.

So good to be among the many world’s greatest bikes and riders once more, thanks for internet hosting, Hawick.

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Lampaert was the victor in Edinburgh


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