stage three Tues­day septem­ber 4

Bris­tol Bris­tol 128km

Cycling Weekly - - TOUR OF BRITAIN -

Bris­tol seems to have a knack of host­ing Tour of bri­tain stages ev­ery other year, the last be­ing the split stage in 2016 where ro­han den­nis took se­cond place in the time trial and first in the cir­cuit race in the af­ter­noon.

Lay of the land

This year bris­tol will host both the start and fin­ish of the stage as the out and back loop heads into the north som­er­set hills be­fore fin­ish­ing on Clifton down. The climbs of shipham and the iconic Ched­dar Gorge could an­i­mate the race early on, be­fore the run-in to bris­tol where the one-kilo­me­tre, eight per cent climb of prov­i­dence Lane will split the field apart if raced fast. With the sum­mit just 7.4 kilo­me­tres from the line, the racewin­ning move could come from here. The rise to the fin­ish line along Clifton down af­ter the rid­ers have crossed Clifton sus­pen­sion bridge will favour puncheurs.

What to expect

The race’s two pre­vi­ous vis­its to bris­tol in 2014 and 2016 il­lus­trate the vary­ing out­comes a fin­ish like this can pro­duce. In the for­mer stage, michal Kwiatkowski left it un­til late to launch his move climb­ing the downs to pip ear­lier es­capee al­bert Tim­mer on the line, whereas in the lat­ter, ro­han den­nis was re­warded for go­ing early when he at­tacked solo at the foot of the climb with 2km to go.

n Pro’s view Ian Bibby, Jlt-con­dor

“you think a short stage will be eas­ier, but that’s not al­ways the case. Those tar­get­ing the GC have to be ready if it kicks off. There’s al­ways one stage where the GC can run way from you.”

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