2006 Stage 5, 152.6km rochester > can­ter­bury

Cycling Weekly - - TOUR OF BRITAIN -

2 “It’s a painful mem­ory,” is how Ben­nett re­calls this one. The penul­ti­mate day of the race be­gan in Rochester with an 8km neu­tral zone through the town. But “some mup­pet stood in front of an ar­row and that routed the po­lice the wrong way, and they took the whole race into a Tesco car park.

“It re­sulted in rid­ers strik­ing and the race started with 90 min­utes left, go­ing into Can­ter­bury,” adds Ben­nett.

The pelo­ton, headed by Ital­ian Francesco Chic­chi, even­tu­ally crossed the line de­spite a 26-minute de­lay, though or­gan­is­ers didn’t re­veal at the time what had ac­tu­ally hap­pened. “It was in­fu­ri­at­ing at the time but it’s funny now,” says Ben­nett. What they said... Kris­tian House, rid­ing for the Re­cy­cling team, was frus­trated with the protests: “Can­ter­bury is my home town and I wanted to race but other rid­ers didn’t. “I was torn between my team man­ager’s in­struc­tion to race and the un­writ­ten law in the pelo­ton that you stick to­gether. No­body wanted to up­set the big teams.”

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