Tour of Britain cycle race - stage 7, Devon 15 Sept.2012
Sep 15, 2012Public
Photo: Fence/gate - whilst waiting at the side of the road. 45minutes to go.

At the start of the day, a local Devon (born in Plymouth a mere 27years ago) 'lad' - Jonathan Tiernan-Locke - was in the lead! A Cornishman was close behind (knowing his rightful place in the world). But....Stage 7 is tough!

Although he didn't win the stage, Jonathan is still in the overall lead after this Stage 7 with a time of 29-38-14 - the 5year-younger Nathan Haas of Australia is extremely close behind at +0.18 ! All is left to ride for in tomorrow's final stage 8 (Dartford to Guildford).
Photo: There were a lot more spectators! Many cyclists ...who no doubt needed a good rest after relatively modest exertions.
Photo: Early! the police hadn't yet stopped vehicles coming through.

The height of the chap on the right isn't just a question of perspective - he was huge!
Photo: Looking across the hill - the road down to Two Bridges from which our first glimpse of the race was expected.
Photo: All cameras at the ready, folks!
Photo: The leaders arrive  - 3+ minutes ahead of the peleton.

No.85 = Jacek Morajko
Photo: 21 Marcin Bialoblocki
Photo: 41 Samuel Sanchez
Photo: 21 Marcin Bialoblocki
34 Marc De Maar
41 Samuel Sanchez
Photo: 46 Pablo Urtasun

The eventual winner of Stage 7 in 4:20:31
Maarc de Maar, no.34, was listed as no.2 in the same time.
Photo: The peleton - or, should I say 'The Bunch' as this is the Tour of Britain!

Not quite The Wild Bunch, of Sam Peckinpah's eponymously-named film, but no doubt just as tough in their own way.
Photo: 12 Jonathan McEvoy
Photo: 13 Russell Downing
Photo: 14 Ian Bibby
16 Paul Voss
11 Jonathan Tiernan-Locke
Photo: 11 Jonathan Tiernan-Locke