Jake Stewart: Tour of Britain sprint was five metres too far

BILBAO SPAIN AUGUST 24 Jake Stewart of United Kingdom and Team Groupama FDJ attacks in the breakaway during the 77th Tour of Spain 2022 Stage 5 a 1872km stage from Irn to Bilbao LaVuelta22 WorldTour on August 24 2022 in Bilbao Spain Photo by Tim de WaeleGetty Images
Jake Stewart is racing the Tour of Britain for the British national team after leaving the Vuelta a España with illness (Image credit: Tim de WaeleGetty Images)

One thousandth of a second. That was the infinitesimal difference between victory and second place, elation and disappointment on stage 2 of the Tour of Britain.

After throwing their bikes for the finish line, Cees Bol and Jake Stewart shared a sheepish look of uncertainty. Two hundred meters later, they were still stood neck and neck at the end of Newtown Street in the Scottish town of Duns, waiting to hear who had won. When the news of the victor came through, Bol and his Team DSM teammates shouted for joy.

Thank you for reading 5 articles in the past 30 days*

Join now for unlimited access

Enjoy your first month for just £1 / $1 / €1

*Read any 5 articles for free in each 30-day period, this automatically resets

After your trial you will be billed £4.99 $7.99 €5.99 per month, cancel anytime. Or sign up for one year for just £49 $79 €59

Join now for unlimited access

Try your first month for just £1 / $1 / €1

Andy McGrath

Formerly the editor of Rouleur magazine, Andy McGrath is a freelance journalist and the author of God Is Dead: The Rise and Fall of Frank Vandenbroucke, Cycling’s Great Wasted Talent