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Ovo Energy Tour of Britain UCI 2.HC (07.09-14.09)

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It wasn't that bad, at one point I even thought the Swift group could make it.
There certainly is terrain for a few very selective stages though. A few hills today might have made life for VdP a bit harder, since Ineos had numbers.
 
It wasn't that bad, at one point I even thought the Swift group could make it.
There certainly is terrain for a few very selective stages though. A few hills today might have made life for VdP a bit harder, since Ineos had numbers.
Yes good to see a few people give it a go, at one point over the penultimate climb VDP had to go alone to respond to Sivakov then Moscon.

Decent finish overall, but not great when it’s the only hilly stage on the race
 
This year's edition has probably been the worst I've known of- barring 2017 (which was literally just 7 pan-flat sprint stages and a TT.) So, so predictable and not hilly enough. Maybe they made the parcours so VdP would ride.
 
I only watched the last 20k and it was fairly enjoyable. The hill did it's job of shaking off the pretenders. Really enjoyed Tuesday's stage to Kendal, and the TT was ok. Sprinter's stages are all about the scenery no matter what the race, unless there's crosswinds.

Overall though, I'd agree about the ToB becoming lacklustre. I'm mainly only watching this year because of Van Der Poel. Was speaking to two other cycling fans at work and they haven't bothered even though it's on terrestrial TV here. The Tour of Yorkshire seems to have become more popular in a few short years
 

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Another amazing win by MVDP almost securing the overall win the race.
Trentin is loking very good for the World Championships too and Moscon's shape is on the rise.
 
MVdP's so strong that even wasting energy on closing the attacks doesn't affect his performance.
Works in this race, but in two weeks the assistance from teammates could be useful.
Will be interesting to see Dutch selection.
 
How have the likes of pershore got a whole stage to itself? The TTs used to be in London and Bristol. Tiny towns which shouldn’t really be able to afford stages if the tour was growing as it should be (huge step back this year both for the course and field btw, but that’s already been covered).
 

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