Westminster was an epic day. Sunshine, big crowds and one of the biggest race fields in UK history for the Bob Chicken Grand Prix… The final Tour Stage was a little disappointing from a racing point of view – as Quick-Step closed down any break going and the British contingent (try as they did) couldn’t get a move going to ignite the crowd. But the support was fantastic and the atmosphere shows how popular bike racing is in the UK. British performance were memorable with Roger Hammond’s superb stage win and some really strong riding from young riders, particularly Euan Oliphant, Yanto Barker and Paul Manning.
But anyone who made it to London did well, there were some very tired looking riders afterwards – it clearly was a hard race.
The Tour of Britain organisation, who managed the race superbly, proved that bike racing can be well presented and professional – even in the UK. The Police supplied some excellent outriders (who stopped several cars in no uncertain terms) and the marshalls and course markers deserve a special mention too… The Tour of Britain continues to go from strength to strength. Roll on next year.