Jonathan Tiernan-Locke is still poised in the Tour of Britain

I’ve not written about the first three stages of the Tour of Britain because there hasn’t been too much going on with the general classification. That changed a little bit today on stage four, as a lot of riders lost time. My man Jonathan Tiernan-Locke is one who’s still in contention, however.

Team Sky took advantage of a crosswind with about 25km to go and split the peloton. (See here for a brief description of why that can happen in strong winds.) Bradley Wiggins then engaged the good legs to ensure no-one caught the lead group and we ended up with about 30 riders ahead of everyone else. One of them is likely to end up being the overall winner and Tiernan-Locke was in that group.

Despite this, it was still a sprint finish, as expected. Mark Cavendish won his second stage in a row and he now takes the overall lead, which he’s gutted about because of the impact on his wardrobe. He’ll have to wear the leader’s gold jersey when he really wants to wear the world champion’s rainbow jersey. He’s only entitled to the latter for another week, you see.

Even worse for Cav, he’s got to face his nemesis, Gun Hill, tomorrow. Prepare to be faintly underwhelmed when it appears on screen.