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That got publicity...
nothing at all
nothing at all
(just (mis)quoted simpsons - self loathing will commence in 3 - 2 - 1 and there it is)
I've got loads of tight lycra and I look great in it.
but DO any people mostly just like wearing tight lycra, and therefore 'do' cycling?
yesterday. Is the British tour actually something people who like cycling care about, is it just a wannabe tour de France/Giro, or is it both?
And it attracts a reasonably strong field. This year's parcours was pretty good.
but basically yes, it's a mini Tour de France that some people care about.
Critérium du Dauphiné, Tour de Suisse, etc would be mini versions of the Tour de France.
As a casual observer, the Tour of Britain will never capture the imagination as it doesn't have the history or romance of Le Tour or the Giro (it does have a long history, but as a race in various guises and long breaks between different editions).
But I quite like it as a race. The new organisers have done a good job of growing the race from a 2.2 race attracting domestic and lower division continental teams to what it is today a 2.HC race (a step below world tour status) and attracting some of the biggest names in cycling. So if you like to see domestic racing growing again and seeing very attractive cycling countryside, it's great.
But, it sits in a crowded soot on the calendar, competing with both the Vuelta and the new Canadian GP one day races. The North American teams and those sponsored by North American companies will choose the Canadian races, whilst the World Tour teams will send their best/fittest squads to the Vuelta (what wih it being a grand tour and all). The tour of Britain will struggle to grow because of this and I would like to see them grow the race in its current format of a handful of World Tour and domestic teams and then the 1st and 2nd division teams they invite already.
It is what it is, but I think it's a cracking little race.
I look brilliant in mine