The Grand Tour: Fife and Beyond

Ramblings of an inveterate cyclist

Ken Russell donned the Maillot Jaune, for the fourth day in succession to the acclamation of the crowd. The flag ending the de-neutralisation period saw a surge of speed from the peloton, now travelling at speeds of up to forty miles per hour. This did little to break up the group and now twenty-five miles out it remained intact. As the ground started to rise six riders detached themselves from the main group and around Lancaster and Kendal a further eight joined this breakaway. Climbing Shap Fell at speeds in excess of fifteen miles per hour. Len West made the prime point a good hundred and fifty yards ahead of Ian Greenfield who had challenged him all the way. Len was in good form and on for a stage win, unfortunately, he punctured with only twenty miles of the stage remaining (in those days there were no team cars or mechanics to come to your aid) he lost out on a possible stage win. Les Scales was in the leading bunch of nine riders four minutes up on the trio that included Steel and Russell, who had been fighting their own little battle behind. On the line at Carlisle, Scales sped over the line in front of Pottier by a bike length. Then there was the anxious wait as the seconds ticked by, Had Ken Russell done enough to keep the Maillot Jaune? Ken finally came in eleven seconds adrift, handing the Maillot Jaune to a delighted Bill Bellamy the second amateur rider that would wear that coveted Yellow Jersey on the tour. The time recorded by Les Scales, three hours thirty-six minutes ad thirty-five seconds.

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