No Gifts

ToB Luke
(Pic; Luke Pritchett)

Overall 2015 Aviva Tour of Britain champion, Edvald Boasson Hagen, sealed his victory in the final 2km of stage 6 into Nottingham with a canny, aggressive defence of his leader’s jersey against a Team Sky that seemed to have left their fight on the nightstand when it came down to the sharp end. Hagen left the men in black scratching their heads in his wake as he bridged across to a flying Matteo Trentin on Gregory Boulevard before the slight rise and right turn into Nottingham’s Forest Recreation Ground. Watching events played back on TV that evening, I wondered if I saw a murmer of collusion between the pair; Edwald needed precious seconds, Matteo was bent on taking the stage’s scalp after a blistering solo attack from a small group of escapees on the outskirts of the city. Afterall, it wouldn’t be the first time a convenient entente was agreed in the final crucial metres of a race.. But upon seeing this picture, taken by a friend at the 100m marker, the question was well and truly settled: There was no gift wrapping around Trentin’s victory on this day!

Of the moment the shutter fired, lensman Luke Pritchett had this to say; “The camera is a Olympus OM1 fully manual/mechanical SLR using Fuji Superia 400 35mm film. It terms of set up, not sure, I’d had a couple of beers already..”

The dust settles.. Etixx -Quick-Step’s Matteo Trentin seconds after his hard fought victory in the 2015 Aviva Tour of Britain (Pic; Andrew Peat- AP Sports Photography)