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  • Owen Pearson
    For those who also have a sporting interest in cycling, if you didn t already know, the first pro Tour of Britain to be held for 5 years starts today. It s a
    Message 1 of 1 , Sep 1 2:28 AM
      For those who also have a sporting interest in cycling, if you didn't
      already know, the first pro Tour of Britain to be held for 5 years
      starts today. It's a five day stage race, the last stage being held
      around Westminster on Sunday. I'll lead an easy ride there but
      haven't quite decided on a meeting time yet so will let you know.
      Meeting place will be the usual top of the Green Bridge, Mile End
      Park.
      http://www.tourofbritain.co.uk/p_stage5.html

      Anyway, to get you in the mood for the excitement on Sunday, follow
      the action on http://www.cyclingnews.com/ or the Tour of Britain site
      above or your cycling news site of choice. There are some big teams
      and big names taking part notably:

      Brits:
      Bradley Wiggins - no rest for him after his 3 Olympic medals. If
      you've been to Herne Hill Velodrome for the Good Friday races then
      you'll have seen him in action there. I should think he'll be taking
      it relatively easy but it'll be great to cheer him on after his
      successes in Athens.
      Roger Hammond - 3rd in this year's Paris-Roubaix, British National
      Champion and will be riding in Lance Armstrong's team next year. A
      good bet for a home winner.
      Jeremy Hunt - sprinter and rides in the same team as Hammond.
      plus there are GB, Scottish, Welsh and Irish national squads.

      Others:
      Andreas Kloden - 2nd in this year's Tour de France and therefore a
      big favourite
      Jose Azevedo - 5th in this year's Tour de France
      Tom Boonen - Tour stage winner plus a few other one day races
      Axel Merckx - bronze in the Olympic road race
      Michele Bartoli - winner of loads of big one day races
      plus many more seasoned pros
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