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UK wins again: what’s in the water?

Leaving Priory Park, Reigate – Start of ToB stage 8

The final stage of this year’s Tour of Britain started in Reigate at noon today and finished in Guildford. I went to both the start and finish – a brilliant race, totally dominated by Brits. The general classification was won by the young Devon rider Jonathan Tiernan-Locke. Mark Cavendish came through to win the stage, his third of this 8-stage race, in an uphill sprint on cobblestones. I was standing just inside the 100M to the finish marker.  The sprinters were going crazy fast. Brits also took the points jersey – Peter Williams and the King of the Mountains jersey – Kristian House. There must be something in the water this year: Bradley Wiggins wins the Tour de France, 29 gold medals at the Olympics, Rory McIlroy is winning every golf tournament he enters, and Andy Murray wins the US Open and ends a 76 year grand slam drought for UK tennis. So why can’t the politicians even tie their shoe laces?

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