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European Road Race Championships 2018, Roadside

"You can never tell what’s going to happen in a sprint but Trentin looked a winner all the way to us – and so it proved."

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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.

European Road Race Championship 2018
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.

European Road Race Championship 2018
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.

European Road Race Championship 2018
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.

European Road Race Championship 2018
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.