stage 7 of the tour of britain…

Another gorgeous day on the road, as Stage 7 of the Tour of Britain hit East Anglia.

Todays stage was from Bury St Edmunds to Sandringham and whilst this was the flattest of the stages, it was also the longest, coming in at 125miles!

Riders were all pretty relaxed in the build to this stage… After a horrendous transfer from Cornwall to Bury, the riders all seemed pretty relaxed and looking forward a quiet day in the saddle!

The market place in Bury St Edmunds was heaving with people – three or four deep at least and it made for a terrific start, with the abbey gardens and grounds in the background (see below)

The race started well and within a few miles a break had formed. Six riders were off the front, including the big man, Wouter Sybrandy, the Dutch rider from Sigma Sport who is a real power house and loves this terrain!

Rabbobank and than HTC both drove the peloton as hard as they could as the race began its final few kms. HTC obviously wanted to lead the infamous train for Mark Cavendish, however the six man break held firm and with only 5km to go, they had around 1min on the bunch and it was clear that the break would stay out.
Wouter had some bad luck, he punctured in the final few kms, so used all his power to get back and was completely shattered for the sprint and it was down to Gediminas Bagdonas of AN POST to clinch the sprint in a thrilling finish at the Royal estate.

After the race, Wouter looked mentally and physically exhausted. Without a puncture, there is no doubt in my mind that he would have had a chance at a stage win… another day Wouter!

As Cav rode in over the line, it was clear he wasn’t happy… the crowd was massive around the HTC bus, but he simply got to the van, chucked his bike down in the grass and no one saw him again! Understandable in a way, he clearly thought he had a chance to win and was fuming that the teams didn’t bring the breakaway back! Maybe another day Cav!
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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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