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European Road Race Championships 2018, Roadside

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In the language of the Gael, Glasgow is, ‘The Dear Green Place,’ on Sunday for the European Road Race Championship it was certainly ‘green’ – we’re not do sure about ‘dear’ though; it was grey, miserable, and wet – just plain DREICH.

But we still love the city – last time we went west for the Commonwealth Games Road Race, this time we decided to get soaked in the East End.

I hope you like my (dull grey) pictures from our wander round the east end of the circuit.

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Robert-John McCarthy. Photo©Ed Hood

Lap one and first man to ‘honour the race’ was JLT Condor’s Irishman, Robert-Jon McCarthy who’s a double stage winner in the Ràs.

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Ian Stannard (red jacket). Photo©Ed Hood

Big Ian Stannard wasn’t looking like he was enjoying things and all those Buchanan Street buskers wouldn’t be chuffed about losing their pitch for the day.

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Norge fans. Photo©Ed Hood

The Kristoff fans were out in the drizzle but it wasn’t to be a repeat, the reigning champion and Tour de France last stage winner was just one of scores of DNF.

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Alex Kristoff. Photo©Ed Hood

And here’s the man himself, before he ‘chucked it’ – if you’re as old as me then you’ll remember the Kellogg’s City Centre Criterium winging through that arch back in the 80’s.

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The break on Montrose Street. Photo©Ed Hod
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The break crests the rise on Montrose Street. Photo©Ed Hood

I tried for an ‘arty’ shot here with the seven man break which had formed around McCarthy cresting the hill – not sure it worked, the Glasgow weather and my Nikon just weren’t getting along. 

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The Italians. Photo©Ed Hood

And even this early in the day the Italians were present at the head of the peloton.

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Bit naughty. Photo©Ed Hood

My gears are slipping, honest!” – but you only get away with that the one time.

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Krists Neilands. Photo©Ed Hood

Remember the tall skinny guy who attacked on the Poggio in The Primavera, giving Nibali the stepping stone to his beautiful victory?

Krists Neilands, Israel Cycling Academy, is the man; this year he successfully defended his Latvian Road Race Champion status and won on the tough gravel roads of the Dwars door het Hageland in Belgium, he’s a coming man.

Here he leads the break into the top turn at the Cathedral.

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Photo©Ed Hood

And those I-talanz, as Sean Kelly calls them, were still to the fore, not too much slack cut by these boys.

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Photo©Ed Hood

And not one rider even stole a glance at the beautiful cathedral in front of them.