Role of Nationality
It is often seen that nationality plays a major role when it comes to determining the winner of an event. Tour de France, for example, has often been dominated by French riders and it explains why Jacques Anquetil and Bernard Hinault are joint leaders with five titles to their name. However, the scenario is different with regard to the Tour of Britain winners. In fact, the first ever Tour of Britain, which was held to replicate the French, was won by a Frenchman in what is widely called as the Tour de Britain. Over the years, there have been many Tour de Britain winners while the English struggle to make a major impact at the same time.
The only time when British riders used to dominate the Tour of Britain was during the early 1960s. There was a string of victories for the British riders, but those periods have long gone away. In the last decade or so when the Tour of Britain has undergone major revamps in order to bring it to world status, the French and Dutch have dominated proceedings. Romain Feillu and Geoffroy Lequatre are the French riders to have won the yellow jersey in the last decade, while Lars Boom and Dylan van Baarle have also shared the title.
Possibilities of Brit Success
However, it is heavily expected that Tour of Britain 2018 results will bring about a change in the fortunes for the British. Team Sky rider Chris Froome has had a mightily impressive 2018 so far with three yellow jerseys already. He has been one of the brightest points in the British cycling scenario and it is highly anticipated that he will be one of the riders in contention for the yellow jersey in London. Compared to the Tour of Britain 2017, the route for the 2018 edition has been receiving a lot of good reviews. Undoubtedly, the route map will play a significant role in the Tour of Britain results 2018 with few intense climbs this time around.
2018 Route Map
After a significant absence involving Glasgow, the Scottish city will be kicking off the race on September 4. Glasgow last hosted the start of the Tour of Britain back in 2008. The return to the Scottish city will also be accompanied by passage through the Lake District. Over the years, this part of the United Kingdom has played a significant role when it comes to the Tour of Britain results and this is unlikely to change. Teams go through several regions of the United Kingdom like Wales and Bath before the customary finish in London.
The fact that the route now covers Scotland, Wales, and England is in itself a major boost to professional cycling in this part of the world. The route organisers have now included a challenging time trial event just before the conclusion of the race. It is expected to add a new dimension to the Tour of Britain. The entire distance of the race comes in at just over 1300 km. The 2018 edition concludes on September 11.