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Hannah Barnes Leading the Chase

Hannah Barnes Leading the Chase. After its successful debut in 2014 the Women's Cycling Tour returned to Hertfordshire on 20 June 2015. Last year it came through my home town, but this year it stuck to the country roads in this area. Where, as it happens, I cycle (much more slowly) myself. So after some careful thought about the route in the run-up to the event, I cycled to this junction on the day, waited 20 minutes, took all my shots of the bikes in less than two minutes, got wet, and cycled home in the rain. The image is a 50% crop, so effectively a 170mm lens.

This is Hannah Barnes leading the chasing pack (3rd in the race), about 30 seconds behind a breakaway by Elisa Longo Borghini and Sabrina Stultiens. Hannah went on to finish 5th on the stage, taking the Best British Rider and Best Young Rider jerseys. A rising star! After leading for so long, Elisa and Sabrina were caught within sight of the finish, 21km later in Stevenage, finishing 9th and 10th.

Technical: NIKON D800, f=85.0 mm, ISO160, 1/1250 sec @ f4.0

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