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