Pic of the Day; Tour of Britain 1961

A young and slim Keith Butler presses on to keep this break away with Bill Bradley and Billy Holmes grimacing at the camera. Jim Leach, who kindly gave me permission to use the photo says that it was taken on stage 8 from Aberystwyth  to Buxton (142 miles) but I have my doubts about that.

Chas Messenger writes, in possibly the worst book ever written about cycle racing, Where There’s a Wheel, that at the end of stage 7 the New Zealander Warwick Dalton took over the yellow jersey. This is confirmed by Sidney Saltmarsh writing in Sporting Cyclist. It follows that on stage 8 Dalton was in yellow but in the photo Holmes is surely wearing the jersey. But there was a big break on stage 8 and it did contain Butler, Bradley and Holmes so maybe Jim is right.

Copyright: J. Leach Cycling Archives

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