Kwiatkowski gains advantage

It was all about the Polish Omega Pharma-Quick Step rider yesterday as Michal Kwiatkowski looked determined to bed in his advantage over the other GC contenders, particularly one ‘Bradley Wiggins’.

Wiggins had gone into the Friends Life Tour of Britain as a sure favourite, but yesterday he was openly realistic about his chances after his rival pretender to the crown took 11 seconds over him in the last two days. Add that to the 16 seconds Kwiatkowski has gained through time bonuses and Wiggins might have have to make up 27 seconds during London’s 8.8 km time trial.

It’s a big ask, even for a man like Wiggins.

Still, time trials aren’t the easiest way to round off a Tour win. All Kwiatkowski needs is a crash or a puncture and his seconds will start to bleed in favour of the very fast Wiggins. Then again, the same might happen to Bradley.

Kwiatkowski was celebrating his victory last night on Twitter, and had clearly been enjoying some support from the crowds at the side of the road today. In in the post-race conference, however, he wasn’t ready to claim victory just yet.

Today the race hits Devon. The route takes the riders out of Exmouth, across Dartmoor, spinning north at the market town of Tavistock, and skirting the moor again all the way to Okehampton, then angling back south to finish in Exeter. Expect beautiful scenery, dashes across Dartmoor, and a skirmish for KOM points at Haytor.

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