As the Tour of Britain cycles headlong into the dramatic final weekend we take a quick look back at the week so far.
Thousands gathered in Castle Douglas to witness the climax of Stage One. Andre Griepel set the early pace with his victory on the day, to the delight of spectators North of the border.
Mist and rain descended on the cyclists during Stage Two through our home county of Cumbria. The challenging circuit which included some tough slopes was won by Belgian cyclist Julien Vermote.
The third stage through Cheshire finished with a British 1-2-3. Despite some fierce competition local rider Ian Stannard, who comes from Wilmslow, took this stage, whilst Vermote retained an overall lead.
As the riders moved into mid-Wales on day 4 the race was really starting to hot up. Ironically it was the Dutch cyclist Dylan Groenewegen who came out on top in a race characterised by the Welsh sloping hills.
All Change Mid-way
New Zealander Jack Bauer was the hero of the hour during stage 5 of the race in Bath. Leading a 5 man breakaway Bauer managed to take the stage but Vermote continued his stranglehold on the yellow jersey.
So on to yesterday’s Devon course. With the race moving across the Jurassic coast the stage was set. Team Sky’s Wout Poels was the stage winner however, the big news was that Steve Cummings of Team Dimension Data managed to take the yellow jersey following his eighth place finish.
The Final Stages
As we head into today’s stage anything can happen. Will Cummings mange to fend off the competition? Will Vermote be able to recapture the prize or will someone else come out of the pack to take the jersey? We’re looking forward to an exciting finale.
Cumbria Crystal is delighted to have been chosen to create the winner’s Trophy for the Tour of Britain.
*Race picture courtesy of Theo Southee Photography