Tour of Britain 2012: Stage 2 preview

Nottingham to Knowsley Safari Park

Easy tiger! What’s not to like about a stage that finishes in a safari park? Kicking off at the Sheriff’s old gaff stage two promises the first proper sightings of the Tour’s best climbers as all three Skoda King of the Mountains ascents are category one toughies, though they are all in the early part of the stage, so the non-climbers still have more than 100km to recover before the wildlife-festooned finish.

Last year’s King of the Mountains Jonathan Tiernan-Locke would be the obvious man to watch in these early skirmishes but could the Endura Racing man have his eyes on a bigger prize in 2012? After all, his team is the only British outfit openly targeting the overall classification this year. While the Siberian tigers living at the stage finish will be kept well away from the riders – we assume – they might not be the only big cats enjoying the ride today. The final KoM climb takes in Morridge Moor which, it’s rumoured, is home to a mysterious (and large) feline…

Mildly interesting stage fact off of the Internet

In 2011 the Knowsley Safari Park baboons reportedly ‘wrecked’ footballer Wayne Rooney’s £77,000 Audi RS6. Better watch the team Skodas...

This article was originally published in Cycling Plus magazine, available on Apple Newsstand and Zinio.

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