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 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