The Grand Tour: Fife and Beyond

Ramblings of an inveterate cyclist

Rah again showing face Johnny Blackstone donned the Maillot Jaune (Yellow Jersey) and lead the gladiators out for the second stage. At the de-neutralized flag, the race was on once more as attack followed attack at the front of the field the speed again reaching a phenomenal pace.

On the leg-breaking climb up Stoney Cross, once more it was a BSA man, this time Peter Procter, that opened up a five-bike length advantage over the nearest rival, Len West, taking the prime point.

The field regrouped after the prime until about ten miles from home. It was there that a force of nine riders broke free from the pack and soon built up a substantial lead, of two point five miles. However, by Warmwell Cross the peloton had eroded their lead to one minute. Notwithstanding this, there was little danger that the main field would catch the flying nine. Ken Russell, determined not to be robbed for a second time sat on the wheel of the front riders, in the dying seconds, out of the slipstream he came, putting in a Herculean effort he sprinted for the line, finishing three clear bike length in from of Gregorini, the French rider, and more crucially, thirty-six places in front of johnny Blackstone. Another Yorkshire rider Wilson, finished in third place, Ken Russell’s time of three hours thirty-eight minutes and forty-eight seconds, plus a one-minute bonus for the win, put him in the Maillot Jaune.

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