Saturday 25th April
In all the excitement I nearly forgot to mention the 3 KOM Strava segments for stage 3 which are:
- Beckingham Road Climb (2% 0.53 miles) about 17.3 miles into the ride.
- Braxted Drag (2% 0.59 miles) and approximately 31 miles into the ride.
- N Hill Climb (5% 0.95 miles) and it’s the sting at the end of tail.
There is no sprint segment.
Please be careful with the technical descending parts of the course!
Today was the final opportunity to finish Stage 2 with 18 out 21 riders now completing the two SI tour stages. Stuart took the full 10-minute GC time bonus with Dave M taking the 7 -minute bonus with the last 5-minute bonus being awarded jointly to Jamie and Graeme who shared the same sprint time. All of this excitement has resulted in Graeme losing the Yellow Jersey to Stuart!
The KoM/QoM is warming up nicely with some fine climbing by all riders. Graeme (KoM) and Sharon (QoM) still retain their Polka Dot jerseys. However, some riders whose GC hopes have been dashed might now look to and concentrate on the red spotted jersey with the time differences not that large and easily surmountable! Nigel with his silky pedalling stroke could well be a contender and also feather light George who needs to complete Stage 1 to really enter the fray.
Abi (Emoji Girl) who in second place continues to wear the Green (Points) jersey on behalf of Graeme but The Captain with his barn storming stage 2 ride took the most points (31) in stage 2 and has seriously started to make a move up the table.
Thoughts now turn to Stage 3 (to be completed by Saturday 9th May) which introduces a virtual team trial. There will be 3 evenly matched teams (well sort off!) looking to complete the parcour with all riders being awarded their team’s average time. The fastest team members will also be awarded a 5-minute GC time bonus. So absolutely no pressure on all you domestiques supporting the GC contenders! Or do you selfishly amble around the course and concentrate on KoM/QoM? There is a lot to go wrong for our GC contenders, navigation issues, Chris Froome domestique support moment, mechanicals to name a few of the variables.
Enjoy everyone and stay safe!!!
Here are the teams!
|Team Merckx||Team Indurain||Team Hinault|
|Graeme (Team Leader)||Stuart (Team Leader)||Steve (Joint Team Leader)|
|Katy||Andy||Dave (Joint Team Leader)|
|Media Matt||Diesel Dave|
Stage 2 Results
Polka Dot (KoM & QoM) Jersey
|S2 -1st||S2 – 2nd||S2 – 3rd||Total||Difference|
Green (Points) Jersey
|Sprint Segment for Yellow “GC” Jersey|