Posted by: Ian | September 15, 2012

Tour of Britain 2012, Devon stage

Since returning from Maine I’ve had sore knees and have done very little riding, none of it intense. Today Paula and I went over to Dartmoor to see how the pros do it. We stationed ourselves at the top of the steep part of Coffin Stone. Last year we’d seen the riders start at Taunton and then caught them again later in the same stage as they crossed the Somerset levels. There, it was easy to get some nice photographs. Today it was incredibly busy at the rather obvious juncture that we chose. Here are a few of the snaps that I managed…

 

We parked just after the KOM finish point, where it was relatively tranquil. It’s beautiful when the weather is like this. I regretted not being able to cycle there, as our friend Brendon had, but my sore knees and heavy cold made that impossible.

 

Our friends from Rapha had their van, last spotted in the cafe on Brewer Street, there. They were selling coffee and a couple of jerseys. I had a flask and needed neither.

 

It’s great that we’ve reclaimed the Union Flag from the far right over recent years. The colours and design are excellent.

 

You can see how the crowds pressed in on the cyclists, Tour style. Next year, if I’m there again, I’ll choose a more forgiving aperture setting and think harder about where to stand. Here’s Sammy Sanchez leading up Pablo Urtasun, who went on to win the stage.

 

Ivan Basso has bought land that he intends to develop as a blueberry farm when he retires. With his background in “super foods” he might do well.

 

A pro rider and a spectator compete to do the best impression of Bob from Twin Peaks.

 

Luke Rowe and Christian Knees ride out for Sky, whose riders and cars raised huge cheers from the crowd. Jonathan Tiernan-Locke, even without the rumours of his move to Sky, is even more popular round here; my photos of him today were disappointing.

 

This is the last time we’ll see Cav in the rainbow jersey (unless/until he wins it again).

 

Paula befriended a couple of cycling fans.

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