Tour of Britain Review
Lovers of the cycling circuit enjoyed what was the 17th renewal of the modern version of the world-famous Tour of Britain this summer. The action took place between 7 and 14 September with a large audience in attendance, dotted around the course, while many more watched the live TV and internet coverage around the world.
There was also an abundance of exciting betting markets available to those wishing to ramp up their interest with a wager on the outcome. Punters could have their say on the outright winner of the 2019 tour of Britain, bet on the different stages of the race or have a say on one of the many specials that were priced up. As coverage and interest of British cycling continues to grow, so too does the number of betting markets available at major bookmakers.
Dylan Groenewegen Opens the Show with Glasgow Win
The Tour of Britain is separated into eight different stages and spread across the UK. Below you’ll see the details of each stage raced this year…
Stage 1 – Glasgow won by Holland’s Dylan Groenewegen
Stage 2 – Kelso won by Italy’s Matteo Trentin
Stage 3 – Berwick Upon Tweed won by Dylan Groenewegen
Stage 4 – Gateshead won by Holland’s Mathieu van der Poel
Stage 5 – Birkenhead won by Dylan Groenewegen
Stage 6 – Pershore won by Italian Edoardo Affini
Stage 7 – Warwick won by Mathieu van der Poel
Stage 8 – Altrincham won by Mathieu van der Poel
Winner of the green jacket was Mathieu van der Poel with Matteo Trentin in second place and Jasper De Buyst back in third. Point victor was Matteo Trentin, mountains was Jacob Scott of Great Britain, Rory Townsend claimed the sprints stage for Ireland and the team to beat was Team Ineos.
Packed with Excitement
The Tour of Britain was packed with excitement and followers were entertained at every stage of the contest. We saw just how thrilling British cycling can be when Mathieu van der Poel beat Cees Bol by the tightest of margins in a sprint finish before an appreciate Manchester crowd.
24-year-old Dutchman Mathieu van der Poel hung on and showed his stomach for a fight when crossing the line ahead of his rivals to cement the title. A photo finish was needed and it seemed a shame to deny either man the victory following a guts and glory performance from both but modern sports is decided by the tightest of margins and cycling is no different. Matteo Trentin managed no better than third in Manchester and that handed victory to Mathieu van der Poel who finished an impressive 17 seconds ahead of his Italian rival in the overall leader board.
It was a thoroughly exciting race and gripping renewal of the Tour of Britain but there was no doubting the fact we arrived at a deserving winner when the dust settled. This year’s tour has done wonders for the sport of cycling in the UK and it is expected the thrilling finish would have pulled in a few new fans and hopefully leads to more Britons, both young and old, taking up cycling, either as a form of fitness or competitively.
Timed to Perfection
Speaking to the press at the conclusion of the Tour of Britain and champion Mathieu van der Poel was overjoyed. He told reporters he believed he timed his sprint to the finish line to perfection and it was enough to see off a strong rival. The winner added he was always confident during the race but knew he could not hold off everyone for the entire stage. He expected a late challenge from those around him but had belief if he stuck to his game plan he would come out on top.
Careful to share the credit, Mathieu van der Poel was full of praise for his team and gave them the credit they deserved for playing a part in his result, commenting he did a perfect job and his team also did a perfect job. On reflection, it was difficult to argue against that stance.
Jacob Scott ended as the standout of the British riders when claiming one of the major achievements of the week, named King of the Mountains. That would have done wonders for his self confidence and it’s worth keeping an eye on this man in the racing to come. You can back him for the King of the Mountain stage in the next event or the 2020 renewal of the Tour de Britain when bookmakers make prices available on those events.
Team Ineos nailed down the best team award and there was more celebrating to be done for the crew members. Ben Smith was singled out as the best British rider and that was well deserved.
The final results of the Tour of Britain 2019 can be seen below with the top 10 finishers, ranging from Mathieu van der Poel and his winning time of 29hrs 47mins 41secs and back marker Amund Grondahl Jansen who was a chunky 1 min 8 secs behind the champion.
- Mathieu van der Poel 29hrs 47mins 41secs
- Matteo Trentin +17secs
- Jasper de Buyst +50secs
- Pavel Sivakov +52secs
- Nils Politt +1min 1secs
- Gianni Moscon (Ita/Ineos) +1min 1secs
- Mike Teunissen +1min 3secs
- Andrey Amador +1min 4 secs
- Tiesj Benoot +1min 7 secs
- Amund Grondahl Jansen +1 min 8 secs