By Stuart Clarke published
For domestic teams, the Tour of Britain is often the highlight of the racing season, but that doesn't mean they're there just to make up the numbers.
While Team Sky and MTN-Qhubeka battled it out for the overall race lead, Madison Genesis, NFTO, Team Wiggins and An Post - Chain Reaction took control of the points, mountains and sprints jerseys.
Madison Genesis had a video camera with them in the car over the course of the week, following the trials and tribulations of its riders, including Mark McNally and Tom Stewart, who were in the mix for the mountains jersey from start to finish.
The week started badly for the team (see above video), losing rider Mike Northey within 30km of the start, with the team reporting that he was feeling light headed and lost consciousness.
Then, on stage two, McNally crashed near the start and injured his knee. With no team radios in the race, it's fascinating to see the dialogues between riders and management from the cars, whether it's medical advice or passing on tactics.
With Stewart in the mountain's jersey after stage two, we see the 25-year-old try to keep hold of it, meaning the team has to control who is and who is not allowed to be part of the breakaway from their rival teams.
Stewart did retain the jersey until stage five, when Pete Williams (One Pro Cycling) added it to his sprints jersey. But the battle went on until stage seven, with McNally and Stewart three points off the leader.
With Stewart in the breakaway on the stage he needed to take points on the classified climbs, but One Pro were having none of it, riding hard to catch the break and end Stewart's chances of topping Williams.
Eventually he finished two points behind Williams and seemed understandably disappointed, but although the team came away from the race empty handed they were certainly not just there for the ride.
Stuart Clarke is a News Associates trained journalist who has worked for the likes of the British Olympic Associate, British Rowing and the England and Wales Cricket Board, and of course Cycling Weekly. His work at Cycling Weekly has focused upon professional racing, following the World Tour races and its characters.
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