Tour of Britain 2012: Stage 3 preview

Jedburgh to Dumfries

Dumfries hosted the finish of last year’s Scottish stage and was given the privilege of hosting a winning sprint from Mark Cavendish, then riding for HTC. As we went to press there was no word as to whether the World Champion would be part of Team Sky’s roster but even if the Manx Missile doesn’t ride this is a great stage to watch. Dumfries sees the riders tackle three laps of a testing finishing circuit, so you’ll be able to enjoy more than just a fleeting glance of the peloton.

There’s plenty of work for the riders to do between the finish and the start in Jedburgh, as the beautiful Borders countryside offers up two Cat. 1 climbs within the first 50km of the stage at Fire Stane Edge and Turner Cleuch Law. Chances are that this will be another stage for the fast men, but with teams limited to just six riders – and most of the British teams targeting stage victories rather than the overall classification – a small breakaway might just succeed.

Mildly interesting stage fact off of the Internet

The folk of start town Jedburgh still enjoy a good old ‘ba game’. It’s a traditional ‘street football’ game that’s been played for  50 Years and supposedly derives from the Men of Jedburgh playing with the heads of English soldiers.

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

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