In today's episode we bring you audio dispatches from Colin Sturgess, Oscar Onley, Matthew Teggart and Steve Lampier as they reflect on how stage 1 at the 2022 Tour of Britain went, and what stage 2 holds in store.
Stage 1 went from Aberdeen to Glenshee Ski Centre covering 181.3 kilometres and taking in 2,516 metres of elevation. The weather was grim, so grim in fact that the conditions delayed the live TV coverage for 90 minutes.
While we were waiting for pictures to appear, a five-rider break formed of Uno-X Pro Cycling rider Martin Urianstad, WiV SunGod duo Jake Scott and Matt Teggart, and Human Powered Health pairing of Matt Gibson and Stephen Bassett. Gibson, of course, was a teammate of Scott and Teggart earlier this year until his mid-season switch to Human Powered Health.
The quintet were out front for much of the day, enjoying a lead of up to five minutes at one point.
Bassett took the ŠKODA King of the Mountains jersey while Teggart picked up the Sportsbreaks.com Sprints jersey, while Gibson won the Adyen Combativity Award.
The five made it until the higher slopes of the climb up to the Glenshee Ski Centre. TRINITY Racing’s Thomas Gloag then made a jump, catching the break and briefly threatening to go away before the bunch reeled everyone in with 1.6 kilometres to go.
As the peloton closed in on the finish, INEOS Grenadiers’ Omar Fraile struck out first but Israel-Premier Tech’s Corbin Strong timed his sprint to perfection to take his first pro win and with it, the leader’s jersey.
Tom Pidcock was the highest-placed Brit in 5th, while our diarist Oscar Onley, just 19, finished an impressive 8th in the reduced bunch finish. WiV SunGod’s Irish road race champion Rory Townsend was the best-placed domestic team rider in 13th.
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Stage 2 starts in Hawich and finishes in Duns. It covers just over 175 kilometres and features three punchy climbs in the final 30 kilometres which should make for some aggressive racing in the closing stages.
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