British Roadside Tour: Ed Hood hasn’t been in the top race for a long time … well, thank Covid for a long time. So he couldn’t escape the excitement as Stage 7 of the Tour of Britain started soon. Ed goes to the “roadside” in Scotland.
One-sided rigs and wind are whistling Prime Hill. Good news for “cabs” and other non-climbers. The headwind of the stone wall keeps slowing down. The wind also keeps us in the car, it’s not warm, but it’s a half-decent crowd. Arriving in Hawick four hours ago, there was a nice shot of the Tour de France hero and homeboy Ken Laidlaw. “He lived just around the corner from here.” A woman will tell you.
Across the road is a shop window display that honors the legendary 70’s Vantel pro team. The company’s headquarters was here in Hawick. Perhaps someone could set up the team’s bike a little better. My first cycling hero, Hugh Porter, is well represented on the display. Chasing King and quality Roadman. As John McMillan once told me. “If you were on a break and looked back and saw Huey at the head of the chase, you knew it was all over.”
It was unrealistic to see the Tour de France-style convoy flowing into the town of Borders. On the rooftop of the Alpesin Phoenix team car is the vibrant canyon of Silvan Dillier’s lovely Swiss champion.
The bus and car stop and the mechanic begins laying out the hardware. Woutvan Aert’s Cervelo also pays homage to Master’s National Post Office.
There are no truck pumps for jumbo mechanics or clumsy large vehicle-mounted compressors, just decent handheld compressors.And about the subject “Gizmo” PEZ mentor and fortune teller Viktor was at Hawick, his first race start for a while, as he was surprised. “Technology” Team Cars – iPhones, laptops, tablets, radios. “Too many, bike racing has become a computer-controlled video game!” He is not the only one who thinks race radio should be abolished. .. ..
Nice blue anodized oversized derailleur rollers may not save as much as the manufacturer claims 2.5 watts-Dan Bigham thinks like 0.5-but they look so cool.
And most of the field is currently disc braked, but the blue jersey and his team aren’t included in it. We talked to an old friend who was racing as a mechanic, we mentioned the disc, he just rolled his eyes. .. ..
Julian Alaphilippe’s Specialized 2021 color scheme is much easier to see than the original “Explosion in the Paint Factory” work.
Stevie Cummings-Dave and I have been stalking him through the days of BarloWorld, Sky, BMC, MTN / Dimension Data since the day of his discovery, and the guy always has time for us.
He has returned to Wirral as DS with Ineos from his beloved Italy and enjoys new challenges with the same slim and mean look as before.
Orange bikes aren’t what everyone likes, but I like them. The felt of the rally team is cool. It was a good race for the US team that won the Carpenter stage.
Ribles “Splatter” The jersey modeled here by Matt Gibson, “Rad” Or dog breakfast? Answer with a postcard – it reminds Vik of the old Le Groupement mail lot. .. ..
And what did we do before we got the smartphone – with all the boys in the canyon, “Look down and look.” Dave told me in his race commentary that Dan Lloyd said: “His day” There is a good joke on the team bus after the race. Now everyone is fascinated by smartphones.
Meanwhile, Thomas Mine, a cross-winning teammate at the u23 World Cup, carefully selects and displays the scars of the duel.
My previous bill for 6 days, Silvan Dillier, looks like a million dollars in a Swiss champion jersey with a matching machine. Do you remember him best as Peter Sagan’s runner-up in Paris-Roubaix 2018?
Former World Time Trial Champion Rohan Dennis ‘difficult’ But at first it was a lot of fun chatting with everyone – it must be Scottish air, or was it thinking of leaving INEOS?
Mark pedaled in the past and in the middle of signing on, I was back all the time, I watched those videos, “Cav’s wrath.”
Race leader, shining in a blue jersey, “Man on top” Ethan Vernon looked relaxed.
Julian Alaphilippe, Cav’s low-spike rainbow jersey teammate, was also chilled, giving Dave a quick move. “Bonjour” And champion Dumond greeted with a smile.
Israeli Story Reto Hollenstein was talking with his mechanic about tire pressure. “6 or 7 bars?”
Former British elite champion Connor Swift is a big and strong young man. He has a great season with Tro-Bro Leon and Poitou-Charentes on track. He also ranked 5th in the demanding UCi World, Tour Brittany Classic-West-France, formerly GP Plouay.
Faced with very strong opposition, it’s good to see Jacob Scott, the canyon man who is the green leader of the mountains.
Tim de Clerc stopped by until the very end “Comfort Break” Before heading to the start – as you approach him, you realize he’s a BiG boy.
I took two more rider photos in the middle of the start, including Nicolas Roche. At 37, it’s his 18th professional season. It’s always great to take the lucky pre-race shot of Lampaert, the winner of the day. It’s time to head to the hill.
The view back to the One Side Rig and Fife and Lomond Hills is amazing, but the wind is cold.
I wore a jacket and arrived at Heather just below the prime line. The race announcer says there are 6 breaks with a 5 minute plus lead. From there is the big and classy Movistar American Matteo Jorgensen. ‘virtual’ Race leader.
There is a chopper and there is a break with the aforementioned Movistar man, Jorgensen, driving hard. The idea is that the leader’s jersey is pulling watts from him. His wheels have a rible, Matt Gibson-a good job, Sir! – Then two Deceuninck riders, Het Nieuwsblad winner Davide Ballerini and former Belgian road race champion, and current national TT champion wily Yves Lampaert joined Jumbo Bissouma with Pascal Aen Kuhn.
I bring INEOS to the front and lead in just over 4 minutes, but I’m not too worried. As Vic said, they all know the gap and are instructions from the car on how much rope to give Bandito.
The man in the blue jersey had returned quite a bit to Proton and wasn’t stressed. I wanted more pictures of Proton, but I had to leap safely as Proton suddenly widened the gutters into the gutters and trimmed the gutters on both sides of the road.
The nasty headwind helped slow down, leaving only two riders from behind. Swift Carbon pushed into the team car on the convoy and the unfortunate Los Holland of Saint Piran finished the day at 20:23 but comfortably in the 41:52 timecut. ..
It looked like a break ‘rod,’ If so, there will be only one winner. And that proved. Chapo! Monsieur Lampart. I am very happy to be one of the best bikes and riders in the world again. Thanks for hosting, Hawick.
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