Tour of Britain 2013 Cycle Race Stage 7

Tour of Britain Cycle Race 2013 – Stage 7 photos

It doesn’t seem like a year since the last Tour of Britain – but of course it is!

Last time the race came right through the middle of the village of Wonersh where I live – this time the route was slightly different, so I jumped on the mountain bike and cycled a couple of miles to Peasmarsh, to watch the cyclists as they came past the 4km-to-go marker on their way to the finish of the penultimate stage of this year’s race in Guildford High Street.

By the time the racers got to the last 4km the usual breakaway group had been caught and the whole peloton were back together again, gearing up for the final game of cat-and-mouse on the way into Guildford to see who would snatch the stage win (which it turned out was Mark Cavendish of the Omega Pharma QuickStep team, British National Road Race Champion aka the “Manx Missile”).

When the racers are all bunched together as they were today, and moving pretty quickly on a flat section of road,  you don’t really have an opportunity to carefully frame pictures of individual riders, so I basically just put the camera on high-speed motor drive and blasted away as the peloton came streaming by!

I’ve labelled the shots with a few of the big names that I was able to recognize, including Sir Bradley Wiggins, Olympic Road Race Champion and the first Briton to win the Tour de France…

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Sensible British spectators make sure they can watch in comfort…
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The Tour of Britain PA car lets us know that the riders are on their way.
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The roads were closed by police motorcyclists drawn from many counties of the UK as the riders passed through, keeping traffic disruption to a minimum. it was very well organised.
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Note the water-bottle holder attached to this traffic cop’s blue warning light mast!
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I don’t know who these guests were but they seemed happy to see us!

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A team of motorcycle-mounted travelling race marshals were on hand to guide the racers along the route.
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This helpful cop gave us a running commentary on the progress of the race as he heard it over his radio.

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Not the best moment to decide to cross the road, sir!

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British rider Alex Dowsett of Team Movistar leads the peloton past the 4km marker and on towards the finish in Guildford.

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Sir Bradley Wiggins, overall race leader in the gold leader’s jersey, stays out of harms way in the middle of the peloton accompanied by several of his Sky Pro Cycling teammates. With a lead of about 30 seconds overall in the race he doesn’t need to be working hard up at the front!
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Angel Madrazo, leader in the “King of the Mountains” (hill-climbing) competition looks as if he’s finding it hard going. But actually I think that’s his normal expression!

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