Tuesday, 17 September 2013

Tour of Britain Coming of Age - further evidence

Seeing Wiggins giving it full gas in today's TT was fantastic to see. Firstly because I am sick of the sight and sound of the mardy Wiggo. The limp Giro, my knee hurts Wiggo. Seeing him back hungry for it despite the rain was great to see. And to be fair with the likes of Alex Dowsett, his nemesis in the Giro TT in the race he did need to be. But also it is further evidence that the ToB is finding its feet, with TdF riders turning up and giving the event respect.

In the early years the likes of Tom Boonen might turn up because Quick Step were paid to be there. He would sulk his way through, with one eye on the exit and basically not giving a shit. Meanwhile we had to count on Roger Hammond to keep the flag flying with a stage win as some second string European Pro took the main prize.

It was the first race where I noticed Cav, when he was a small boy riding for T-Mobile. He took a cheeky second on a stage - that was kind of news.

While plenty of old timers would wax lyrical about the Milk Race, it was a ProAm event that never routinely pulled in the bigger continental names. Now with a good few Pro Tour Teams not only turning up but also giving it a good old bash maybe it is up and running. Hope so. While ride London was a huge success the men's Prudential Surrey Classic did not really attract the field it deserved, especially from Sky. Seems like ToB is a different matter and Wiggo came out today ready to put a few demons to the sword.

Bring on the next stage.