Tour of Britain 2006: In the next day’s stage four, Manning did indeed go up the road. Third place on the stage was the reward for his efforts, behind Mark Cavendish (GB and T-Mobile) and the winner, crafty Frederik Willems (Belgium & Chocolade Jacques).
There was no sign of our-boy in the top rankings though — how come Evan?
“I knew Manning would go early and I was keeping an eye out for him making a move but he didn’t seem to be interested. I made a few digs myself but there were little groups trying to go all the time, just hovering off the front then getting caught. At around 20 K Manning and another seven got away but I missed it. That was the break of the day – I wished I’d stayed with him now.”
CSC was happy to let it go?
“I don’t think they had much choice the break was going really well; we had a guy in it, Dale Appleby.”
I heard there was a bit of controversy at the end?
“Yeah, the Belgian guy who won went round the last roundabout the wrong way to get the gap, I don’t think Manning would have won though — he would probably have been second behind Cavendish.”