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down under

by John


My usual little report of the Tour down Under January the 20th to the
25th 2015 herewith.

There is always a criterium around a park in Adelaide which was fast and
furious on a lovely sunny evening and culminated in an expected win by
Marcel Kittel, winner of 8 stages over the last 2 Tour de France races
including 2 stages in England last year. This crit doesn't count for the TDU
which starts on the following Tuesday.

The 1st stage ended in a small suburb of Adelaide called Campbell Town
where we watched the finish on a large T/V which was positioned at the
back of the presentation stage. We had a quick chat to Phil Liggett before
he was called away to broadcast, he is an old North London friend of Roy
Savery before Roy came south of the river. We were trying to remember the
name of one of his club mates in the Finsbury Park CC who has been 2nd
claim to the San Fairy Ann in Maidstone for probably 40 years but stayed
loyal and suddenly we said together, Ted Hill. Ted's wife is Patsy Hill who
has done a lot of organising of various events in Kent and I think that their
house in Benenden or Biddenden is sometimes a refreshment stop in
reliability trials.

The 1st stage was won by Jack Bobridge who had been in a stage long
breakaway, he currently holds the 4000 metre track record which he took
off Chris Boardman, record which people thought would stand for many
years. At the presentation he had the King of the mountains jersey as well
as the leaders jersey. He is attacking the world hour record in Melbourne

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