Selection – Tour of Britain

In the final film of the series, director sportif, John Herety, and performance manager, Tim Kennaugh, talk making tough calls and breaking friendships.

The duo have the unenviable task of selecting the six men who will do battle at the 2016 Tour of Britain against the world’s best. 

Only six riders can be chosen to take part in the Tour of Britain, a race that gets more prestigious and tough by the year. With teams limited to just six it keeps the racing “open” says Herety. Less domestiques to send up front to chase down breaks, it makes it far more likely a break could survive and that’s really interesting for British teams because we can infiltrated the moves.

“As Britain’s longest standing professional cycling team, we come to the race motivated. The team has had a great season. We’ve taken wins in several UCI stage races and the foundations are in place to have a good ride in front of a home crowd.” says John Herety

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Russell Downing, the former British Champion starts his eighth Tour and is joined by fellow Yorkshiremen Tom Moses and Graham Briggs. Breakaway specialist, Conor Dunne, has been selected after impressing at the Tour de Korea along with young rider Alistair Slater.

“Graham Briggs rode incredibly well last year in the race, finishing in the top ten several days in a row, whilst this year Steve Lampier had strong rides in the Cadel Evans road race and Tour de Yorkshire as well as in New Zealand and in Taiwan.”

The graft work and invaluable support roles are handed to Tom Moses and Conor Dunne, both riders have performed well in UCI races this season. “Tom and Conor are excellent in their support roles but importantly they can also spy a good race move and get into breaks. Conor came very close to victory in Korea, whilst Tom was in every move of the day in the National Road Race Champs, that was a tough hard fought race.”

Steve Lampier

Cornishman Steve Lampier completes the line-up. Lampier, starting the race for the fifth time, has set his sights on stage six, which takes place on his local roads. The stage finishes with a climb to Haytor, one of the highest peaks in Dartmoor. While not the longest (5.7 kilometres) nor the steepest (an average gradient of six per cent), the few steeper sections and exposed nature towards the top will add to the challenge. Lampier previously finished 12th when the race visited the summit in 2013. “It is an ascent I know well. I have recced the route of stage two and stage six, I see these are ones that will be decisive in the overall competition.”

The Tour of Britain begins on Sunday 4th September in Glasgow, it is televised live on ITV4 from 2pm each day.

Note: team sprinter, Chris Lawless sustained a broken collarbone last week in training. Quick action taken by HMT private hospital saw the young rider treated immediately, however specialists advised against Lawless racing in the Tour of Britain.

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