Stage five Thurs­day septem­ber 6

Cock­er­mouth Whin­lat­ter 14km TTT

Cycling Weekly - - TOUR OF BRITAIN -

t oday the Tour of bri­tain will host some­thing it has never be­fore in­cluded — a team time trial. Not only that, but this is a team time trial with a dif­fer­ence, with the con­ven­tional flat roads as­so­ci­ated with the dis­ci­pline es­chewed in favour of a test­ingly hilly course. Lay of the land start­ing in Cock­er­mouth, the stage be­gins straight­for­wardly enough with only slightly un­du­lat­ing par­cours along the b5292 in a south-east­erly di­rec­tion. but what fol­lows has the po­ten­tial to to­tally ruin their co­he­sion. much of the rest of the course from this point is up­hill over the Whin­lat­ter pass, av­er­ag­ing just over four per cent and peak­ing briefly at over 10 per cent half­way up, be­fore a plateau at the top for the rid­ers to empty them­selves of all they have left. What to expect This year’s Tour de France showed that a team time trial can be piv­otal to an in­di­vid­ual’s over­all am­bi­tions. With the up­hill pro­file of this stage, it will be even more cru­cial to have strength in depth as pac­ing the ef­fort will be vi­tal to an op­ti­mum re­sult. don’t be sur­prised to see the usual TTT sus­pects of bmc, sky and Quick step Floors mix­ing it up for the stage vic­tory. n Pro’s view James Knox, Quick Step Floors “The Word­tour teams will have a huge ad­van­tage as they spend a lot of time work­ing on the dis­ci­pline. but it’s go­ing to be very hard as there are steep pitches to­wards the end and it drags on right to the sum­mit. ev­ery­one will be bury­ing them­selves.”

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