JONATHAN Tiernan-Locke admits his Tour of Britain success was made all the more special by the crowds that came out to greet riders on yesterday’s final stage in Guildford.
The 27-year-old Endura Racing man became the first home rider to win the event in 19 years, following Robert Millar’s success on the 1989 Kellogg’s Tour. Tiernan-Locke made sure of the title after finishing in the main group behind Mark Cavendish, who claimed his fourth stage win of the Tour.
He said: “Being close to London, the final stage and it being a weekend, the crowds were just unreal. Coming through Guildford with 100km to go it was like the finish of a race, crowds ten deep or whatever they were, it was just amazing.”