After 11 editions of the modern Tour of Britain BIKE Channel Canyon’s Rob Partridge announced ahead of Stage Eight on Sunday that the final day of racing from Worcester to Cardiff would be his last day of professional racing, and following the event he’d be hanging up his wheels to pursue new opportunities.

Partridge raced in the first edition of the modern Tour of Britain back in 2004 – with JLT Condor’s Russ Downing being the other rider from the class of ’04 racing in 2017 – getting into the break on the opening stage from Manchester to Manchester while representing Wales at the tender age of 18.

To pay tribute to Rob, who has completed over 12,271-kilometres of racing in the event since 2004 and was the highest placed Brit in the 2010 edition with 8th overall, we’ve put together a look back at the eleven editions he raced in.

You can read the story of Rob’s retirement on the team website here.

In the break on Stage One in 2004 representing Wales

With his Wales teammates at Buxton ahead of Stage Three in 2005

Lining up for Recycling.co.uk in Blackpool before Stage Two in 2006, including teammate Kristian House (far right) whose 11 appearances he equalled this September

In the break during Stage Three in 2007 head from Worcester to Wolverhampton, just behind Paul Manning (Great Britain)

On the front in 2008 in the colours of Rapha Condor, just ahead of Paris Roubaix winner Stuart O’Grady

On the podium for Endura Racing in 2010 before the opening stage from Rochdale to Blackpool. Rob would finish 8th overall and top Brit in that edition.

After missing two editions Rob lined up for Team UK Youth in 2013

On the front for Team UK Youth in the 2013 edition of the Tour of Britain

Celebrating his birthday before the Devon stage of the 2014 race with his Giordana Racing teammates

In the colours of NFTO before Stage One from Anglesey in 2015

Driving along with the break, a familiar pose, during the 2015 stage to Floors Castle in the Scottish Borders

Lining up again for NFTO in 2016 before the Cheshire East stage

2016’s fourth stage from Denbigh to Builth Wells and Rob was in the break on home roads in Wales

Stage One of his final Tour of Britain appearance and Rob got in the break on the opening stage.

Before Stage One with his BIKE Channel Canyon teammates in the 2017 OVO Energy Tour of Britain