stage 3, 2011 tour of britain

It’s nearly 6pm  and I’m sitting in a grotty pub ‘enjoying’ (hmm, maybe not the right word to use!) a vegetable curry…well they claim it to be vegetable… I’m not sure to be honest!

The main purpose of my liking of dodgy pubs is to upload some images from today’s Stage 3 of the Tour of Britain.

After the cancelled stage yesterday, everyone was keen to get going today and thankfully the race was blessed with bright sunny weather. Perfect for a gentle ride around the Staffordshire Moorlands right!?

The crowds, as usual were out in force to welcome HTC and the star of the show Mark Cavendish. However, look a little closer and you will notice a wealth of cycling talent from the UK.

One such talent is Sigma Sport newbie, Russel Hampton.. he surprised many by taking the King of the Mountains in an amazing breakaway on stage 1 and went into Stage 3 well up for the challenge. Having spoken to the team, they said they wanted to do everything to protect the jersey!… and who can blame them!

Russ rode another cracker of a stage, being the key man in the first breakaway and then holding out and finishing either with or slightly back from  such contemporaries as Cav, Thomas and Boom.

Finishing strong over the KOMs during this stage Hampton kept hold of the KOM jersey, while Cav lost the gold jersey, but picked up the points jersey.

Lars Boom rode a storming final KM to take the stage victory and the overall leaders gold jersey.

Lars Boom comments on the final few metres of the race… “With 200 metres to go I managed to jump over (Steve) Cummings and (Geraint) Thomas and then the corners started so they couldn’t pass us anymore.  My first aim was to pull for Michael (Matthews) and then I felt good so I am happy to win.

Some Pictures from the stage today can be viewed following the link below..
Stage 3 - 2011 Tour of BritainStage 3 – 2011 Tour of Britain

Top ten results from todays stage…

Stage Three, The Stoke-on-Trent Stage, 140.3km
1) Lars Boom (Ned, Rabobank)   3h 23m 42s
2) Michael Matthews (Aus, Rabobank)  same time
3) Geraint Thomas (GB, Sky Procycling)  same time
4) Steve Cummings (GB, Sky Procycling)  same time
5) Mark Cavendish (GB, HTC Highroad)  same time
6) Ian Bibby (GB, Motorpoint)   same time
7) Jonathan Tiernan Locke (GB, Rapha Condor Sharp) same time
8) Jelle Wallays (Bel, Topsport Vlaanderen) same time
9) Linus Gerdemann (Ger, Leopard Trek)  same time
10) Andrew Fenn (GB, AN Post)   same time

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About Julian Claxton

My passion for photography is supported by experiences gained on exciting travel adventures and through working for fantastic photographers. In 2006, I made the exciting step of realising my dream of becoming a freelance photographer. Since this pivotal moment, I have held numerous exhibitions, been featured nationally & internationally in print and won numerous awards, including being a finalist in the National Geographic Photographic competition in 2013 with one of my documentary images from the Sudan. From an early age I began to enjoy taking pictures of my daily life, basking in the thrill of sending the film to the printers and eagerly awaiting the pocket sized prints. My first foray into the world developing and printing strangely began at school when I was asked to produce a descriptive photo for the school newspaper. A front page shot later and I was destined to start the long arduous journey of becoming a photographer. In between exciting travel adventures and working for fantastic photographers, I graduated from college and at a crossroads in my journey to becoming a pro photographer, I embarked on a career working as a medical photographer. Learning new skills and dabbling in video production as well as progressing design skills, I yearned for the challenge and freedom of becoming a freelance. I have been fortunate enough to work on some amazing assignments which have included shooting a documentary assignment with an air ambulance, gaining full access to a British Pro cycling team during an international UCI tour, cycling to Rwanda and creating a photographic documentary of my journey. The experiences continue to grow, meeting wonderful people to photograph and telling the story of their journey. The list of events and striking moments that have played out through my viewfinder continue to grow and provide me with ever increasing snapshots of life to capture. One of the highlights of my career thus far has been staying in rural Uganda, teaching photography to the kids from the region, in a project I set up in late 2014, entitled ‘Give a child a camera’. The basis of the project is to supply 35mm cameras and film to the rural schools in this region of East Africa, teaching the children how to shoot photographs. After a week of taking photos of their life, an exhibition is held at the school and the children leave with their very own album, camera and film. One of the images I shot at Eden school in rural Uganda, during morning chapel won the 2015 Travel Media Tourism and Photography award. A great honour and one that I wouldn’t have picked up had it not been for the wonderful children of East Africa. For further information please visit www.julianclaxtonphotography.com
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