Catch up with the action from the An Post – Chain Reaction Team at the 2013 Tour of Britain with our behind the scenes videographies!
As well as being one of the headline sponsors of this year’s Tour of Britain, Chain Reaction Cycles’ sponsored continental road race team, An Post- Chain Reaction, are also lining up for the eight stage race, and will be posting daily video updates of their progress.
Another day in the rain for the flying postmen with the 188.4km stage from Stoke-On-Trent to Llanberis, Wales.
The CRC pro team once again featured in the break with Aaron Gate joining an 11 man breakaway early in the day. After these riders got away, the race settled into a familiar pattern, Team Sky on the front of the peloton for the chase.
Madrazo began the morning as the leader of the mountains classification, just 2 points ahead of the An Post – Chain Reaction’s Sean Downey. The Spaniard’s presence in the break allowed him to extend his lead in that competition, while Downey’s absence meant he would fall to fourth.
But there was cause for celebration none the less with Aaron Gate re-claiming the Yodel Sprints jersey in the course of his time out front.
Today’s stage into Caerphilly will no doubt suit the climbers as the mountainous leg finishes with two assents of Caerphilly Mountain before a 5km descent to the finish line.
Yesterday saw the team head to the wildness of Knowsley Safari Park – the base for a 16km TT which served as Stage three of the 2013 Tour of Britain.
With damp conditions throughout the day riders played a fine balance of being cautious and pushing as hard as they could across the course. An Post – Chain Reaction’s Sam Bennett continued his magnificent form posting a very credible 21.31mins.
Teammate Sean Downey who still holds second in the mountains classification was a minute behind with 22.40. An Post – Chain Reaction are now in 10th place in the team standings 3’ 24” behind the leading Sky Procycling.
Another top day for the An Post – Chain Reaction team at the Tour of Britain with Sean Downey forming part of the early breakaway – going on to take maximum points in the first climb of the day at Fangs Brow. He would go on to claim another ten of those points, and is now second on the mountains classification behind Angel Madrazo (Movistar).
Star of the day however was team rider Sam Bennett who came astonishingly close to victory as he led the field on a steep finishing ramp in Kendal, only to be overhauled by Milan-San Remo winner Gerald Ciolek (MTN Qhubeka) in the final 25 metres.