Generally regarded as one of the most unpredictable races on the calendar, the Tour of Britain starts with no outstanding favourites for the yellow jersey, but with lots of riders quietly nursing hopes of capturing it. Among them is Movistar’s Alex Dowsett, who led for two days last year before “messing up” on the penultimate day into Brighton to eventually finish eighth overall.
“The thing with the Tour of Britain is that because it is so unpredictable you have to come in with very loose plans, but with a willingness to attack, so I think that’s going to be our aim for the week,” Dowsett said at the eve-of-race presentation in Colwyn Bay.
“We don’t have a standout leader. We have [Juanjo] Lobato, who is good in the hard sprints. But otherwise we’re a very well rounded team, so I think we’ll all be looking for opportunities.”
Peter Cossins has written about professional cycling since 1993 and is a contributing editor to Procycling. He is the author of The Monuments: The Grit and the Glory of Cycling's Greatest One-Day Races (Bloomsbury, March 2014) and has translated Christophe Bassons' autobiography, A Clean Break (Bloomsbury, July 2014).
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