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Behind-the-scenes with the young (mostly) Rapha-Condor JLT squad at the national tour

We've just been sent this video from Muc-Off, filmed at last month's Tour of Britain, following the (mostly) young Rapha-Condor JLT squad. This is from Stage 6, which started in Sidmouth and had a summit finish on Haytor, Dartmoor.

Simon Yates, riding for Great Britain and now headed with twin brother Adam to Orica-GreenEdge as first-year pros in 2014, won the stage.

It's one of the better videos we've seen in a while, a really insightful behind-the-scenes video with comment from Kristian House and team manger John Herety who, it would seem, is a natural in front of the camera.

It also gives a real flavour of just what it is like to be a professional bicycle racer; the nervous looking youngsters and the calm of the experienced racers like House.

Riding Home: With Rapha-Condor JLT (Part One) from Muc-Off Ltd on Vimeo.

That blend of youth and experience isn't an accident by the way; when, ahead of the 2012 season, we hooked up with the team at a training camp in Henley-on-Thames, Herety told us its new focus on younger talent would be complemented by having more experienced riders on board too to bring them along.

The latter include formerr British national champion House, Olympic gold medallist Ed Clancy and, until the end of the 2012 season, former national crit champion Dean Downing.

House himself won the mountains jersey in the 2012 Tour of Britain, and his defence started well as he got in the break on the opening stage in Scotland to become the first leader of the mountains classification in this year's race.

On Stage 2, however, he lost it to Movistar's Angel Madrazo who became a fixture in the break in the remainder of the race and kept the jersey all the way to London, with Team Sky's Sir Bradley Wiggins clinching the overall.

David has worked on the road.cc tech team since July 2012. Previously he was editor of Bikemagic.com and before that staff writer at RCUK. He's a seasoned cyclist of all disciplines, from road to mountain biking, touring to cyclo-cross, he only wishes he had time to ride them all. He's mildly competitive, though he'll never admit it, and is a frequent road racer but is too lazy to do really well. He currently resides in the Cotswolds.

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Gkam84 [9092 posts] 3 years ago
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Favourite part of that video "get off the road #bloodycyclists"