Photography by Kei Tsuji
Team Sky's very first appearance in Japan was a typhoon hit, literally. Parts of the course were flooded with up to 20 centimetres of rain. The Kogashi Rindo Pass was mossy green, wind picking up, with the rain even worse. Yet none of the 62,000 fans gathered in Utsunomiya were disappointed by the way Team Sky controlled the race where many teams, especially the Pro Tour teams, were here for vacation.
Words: Max Leonard | Photos ©Graham Watson
In the week before the start of the Tour of Britain, Rapha caught up with Ian Stannard, to chat to him about his season and the prospect of his first home Tour with Team Sky.
You've ridden the Tour of Britain before, haven't you?
I've ridden it three times before, but not with Team Sky and I'm definitely looking forward to getting back in to it. After the success of the Olympics and the past two Tours de France it's grown in stature massively and I'm looking forward to getting back there and experiencing it.