Friday, 7 September 2018

Lake District, September 2018. Day 2

We awoke to a beautiful morning g this morning excited at the prospect of watching The Tour of Britain.  Breakfast over we got ready for the day.  It was very cold here- 7C - so we (over) dressed for the cold o my to find as we got to  Hawkshead the sky had cleared and the sun had come out.
Once parked in the village we joined the stream of cars, walkers and cyclists heading for the top of the KOM Hawkshead climb summit.  As we approached we began to meet the team cars heading for the finish the race having started at 11.00.  We were in place just before 12.00 and enjoyed 30 mins of increasing activity.  The police motorcyclists busy closing the road were very friendly and a mine of information.  Before too long the helicopter filming the race and shortly afterwards the 4 man breakaway group including Toni Martin and Vasilli Kyrienka appeared and not long afterwards the main peloton.  They were led by the Lotto Jumbo riders of the team of race leader Primoz Roglic.  In the middle of the pack I spotted Geraint Thomas and Waut Pouls of Sky but missing Chris Froome.  The new race leader Julian Allaphillipe was there only beaten to the finish by Waut Pouls.  It is good to see Thomas and Froome riding for their super domestique.
It was all over quickly and we wandered back down to Hawkshead for a cup of tea and a wander before returning to the site.

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