TOB Best: King of The Moun­tains Win, 2011 And 2012 To­tal par­tic­i­pa­tions 12

Cycling Weekly - - TOUR OF BRITAIN -

With each pass­ing sea­son bet­ter­ing the one be­fore it, ex­pec­ta­tions have changed in the last two years for Bri­tain’s best-per­form­ing Con­ti­nen­tal team, and no longer are they go­ing into the race just hop­ing for pro­longed TV ex­po­sure: they want ei­ther a top 10 on GC or an­other jersey.

Ian Bibby and Tom Stewart ce­mented them­selves as the best all-round rid­ers on the do­mes­tic cir­cuit sev­eral sea­sons ago and, to­gether as team­mates for the first time, they haven’t re­lin­quished that tag. Bibby has two UCI wins this sea­son and fin­ished sixth on GC at the Tour de York­shire, while Stewart was tri­umphant at the Tour of Nor­mandy in the spring.

The pit­fall for John Herety’s team is that the rest of their squad, though dom­i­nant in the UK, isn’t of the same stan­dard as their flag-bear­ers. But they do have a wealth of tal­ent to choose from, so who­ever takes to the start­line will likely be at their best.

Man­ager Herety says: “We have two guys who are ca­pa­ble of get­ting into the top 10. They will be aim­ing to get into break­aways that stay away.

“Our weak­ness is that we aren’t at the same level as the World­tour rid­ers but that’s also our strength as it’s they who have to dic­tate how the race is rid­den so we can con­serve en­ergy and come in with guer­rilla tac­tics, like a small rav­aging party.” n CW says Their two-pronged at­tack could cer­tainly claim a high GC plac­ing, though the team time trial could prove to be an ob­sta­cle that thwarts their am­bi­tions.

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