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2013 Tour of Britian: GarminSharp Pre Tour of Britain RideOut - Dan Martin looking to eradicate memories of his exit from La Vuelta
Report & Photographs by Gavin Hughes
On the eve of the Tour of Britain – Team Garmin Sharp hosted their traditional RideOut at the Avon Tyrrell Activity Centre in the New Forest which included a meet the team Q&A session as well as a gentle 50 mile sportive through the New Forest.
The Garmin Sharp team were in a reflective mood and Dan Martin was looking to eradicate memories of his painful exit from La Vuelta. Martin happily admitted that the ToB is ideally placed in the racing calendar and he will be seeking to use the event as a springboard to his Worlds challenge in Florence later in the month.
With Irish team mates Nicolas Roach and Philip Deignan in good form Martin is clearly looking for a strong finish to a season that has seen him win the coveted Liege-Bastogne-Liege classic and Stage 9 of this year's Tour de France.
Dan Martin & Author © Gavin Hughes
With no race radios on the ToB, Bauer stated that Garmin tactics would be fluid and be finalised each day on the team bus. Bauer mentioned that they would be happy to assist the OmegaPharma QuickStep train in chasing down breakaways, giving Steel Von Hoff a chance to compete with Mark Cavendish and Alessandro Petacchi on the sprint finishes.
The Madison-Genesis team – also in attendance at the RideOut - represent a different end of the pro-cycling spectrum. The Tour of Britain represents the zenith for Roger Hammond's Madison-Genesis team. While the team may seem light on experience they will have Dean Downing and Liam Holohan, the latter eyeing up the tour's summit finish at Haytor in Dartmoor on Stage 6 in a showdown against Movistar’s Nairo Quintana and Dan Martin.
Madison-Genesis will of course be riding the steel bikes. Hammond had a lot of praise for the current version of the bikes mentioning that the handling and comfort were improved on previous versions.
Madison Genesis Bikes © Gavin Hughes
Race Route for 2013
Race Route © Tour of Britain
The route of the 2013 Tour of Britain is as follows:
Stage 1 Sunday 15th September Peebles to Drumlanrig Castle 201km
Stage 2 Monday 16th September Cumbria, The Lake District Stage, Carlisle to Kendal 225km
Stage 3 Tuesday 17th September Knowsley Individual Time Trial 16km
Stage 4 Wednesday 18th September Stoke-on-Trent to Llanberis 190.9km
Stage 5 Thursday 19th September Machynlleth to Caerphilly 177.1km
Stage 6 Friday 20th September Sidmouth to Haytor, Dartmoor 137km
Stage 7 Saturday 21st September Epsom to Guildford 150.4km
Stage 8 Sunday 22nd September The London Stage, presented by TfL 88km
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