Mem­o­ries from the race

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Scott Davies, 2013 win­ner

“I’m re­ally pleased I won it and cher­ish the mem­o­ries. It was prob­a­bly what helped me to get a con­tract with Madis­ongen­e­sis in 2014. I came fifth in my first year and that gave me a heads up that I could do al­right the year after. I was com­fort­able, but on the last day [Ed­die] Dun­bar at­tacked. He was only a first year but had a big rep­u­ta­tion. I re­mem­ber think­ing ‘uh-oh’ but for­tu­nately I held on.”

Alex Dowsett, 2005 win­ner; 2005 and 2006 KOM win­ner

“The first year I did it, Ed­vald Boas­son Ha­gen was there and he was the child prodigy of bike rac­ing back then. I re­mem­ber on one of the stages I cleared off with him and he just de­mol­ished me in the sprint for the line. In the last stage I got in the break and then won up the Tum­ble, which was quite un­ex­pected and quite out of char­ac­ter for me. As a ju­nior, it’s the clos­est you feel to be­ing a pro.

Owain Doull, 2010 points clas­si­fi­ca­tion win­ner

“It’s al­ways at the end of the year, just be­fore the Ju­nior World Championships and it’s mas­sive. Ob­vi­ously with me be­ing from Wales, I know all the roads so it’s even more of a big deal. It’s just a re­ally well-or­gan­ised race. There aren’t many races for ju­niors, at least not in the UK, where you can race five stages and ride such a va­ri­ety of par­cours in three days.”

Ben Swift, 2005 stage win­ner

“I have mixed mem­o­ries. The first year I did it, near enough the whole pelo­ton crashed, and I came off quite badly, so that wasn’t so good. The next year I came back and won the first road stage solo which was good but then I lost it on the fi­nal day. When I look at that field, we had Ed­vald Boas­son Ha­gen and quite a few top rid­ers now who were in that race. It has man­aged to at­tract a lot of in­ter­na­tional rid­ers in its time.”

Pete Ken­naugh, 2006 runner-up; 2007 KOM win­ner

“It’s an amaz­ing race, each stage is hard, and there are good climbs. It had a bit of ev­ery­thing and was some­thing you al­ways looked for­ward to as a ju­nior. I have some re­ally nice mem­o­ries from rac­ing down there. On one stage I punc­tured early on and I was min­utes out the back but I man­aged to ride all the way back to the front group over the course of the stage. That sticks. It was a bit of an epic day.”

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