Sep 082011
 
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This year’s Tour of Britain, which starts this Sunday, promises to be the best edition yet since the national stage road race was revived in 2004. Mark Cavendish, riding for HTC-Highroad, heads the best ever field put together by organisers SweetSpot.

Some of the other big names gracing the Tour include world champion Thor Husvold, the UK’s Geraint Thomas, Dutch star Theo Bos and Treble Tour de France stage winner Jens Voigt.

Teams

Team Sky, Leopard Trek, Rabobank, Vacansoleil, Team Europacar and Garmin Cervelo are among the Pro teams competing this year alongside British outfits Rapha-Condor-Sharp, Endura, Raleigh and Sigma Sport.

With the Tour of Britain being classified a 2.1 category UCI tour event, each team has six riders competing in the eight stages across the length of Britain. Rider line-ups have now been confirmed; click here to view all the teams and riders who will be racing in this  eighth edition of the Tour.

The Route

The Tour of Britain’s Grand Depart will start this Sunday (September 11) in Scotland with the race beginning in the Scottish Borders at the town of Peebles for the opening 170km stage to Dumfries.

Day Two of The Tour of Britain sees the race move to Kendal in the Lake District with a stage finish in Blackpool.

Stage Three of The Tour of Britain will take place in and around Stoke-on-Trent and features the same uphill finish into the city centre. Stage Four heads to Wales with a ride from Welshpool to Caerphilly, featuring the Brecon Beacons and Caerphilly Mountain within the final few kilometres of racing.

Stage Five moves to Devon with riders racing across Dartmoor to a seaside finish in Exmouth. A second South West stage on Stage Six sees The Tour of Britain moving to Somerset for a 145 kilometre stage from Taunton to Wells.

Stage Seven sees The Tour of Britain sees the race start at Bury St Edmunds in Suffolk and finish at Sandringham in Norfolk.

The race then moves to London for the grand finale with Stage 8 being split into two. A 10km individual time trial takes place in the morning, with a circuit stage around the same course in the afternoon. Both stages will start and finish in Whitehall.

Take to the roads

There should be a good crowd turnout on most stages with London expect to draw the biggest crowds. A major draw for spectators in London will be the fact that between the two split stages there will be a chance to experience the route in The Prostate Cancer Charity Tour Ride (registration fee of £20 required).

After London, there is still one more Prostate Cancer Charity Tour Ride event left in Stoke-on-Trent on September 25. More details on registering for that ride can be found here including a chance to win a Tour of Britain jersey if you register with a special Going Going Bike code.

There will be no live coverage on television of the event, despite the big names racing in the event. ITV4 will, however, be showing highlights of the Tour of Britain at 7pm every evening.

Tour of Britain Competition

We’ve teamed up with Tour of Britain official clothing and jersey supplier Pro Vision Clothing to give you the chance to win a Tour of Britain goody bag. The goody bag contains a Tour of Britain t-shirt, cycle cap, polo shirt, bandanna, coffee mug and a DVD of last year’s race – This competition has now closed.

See also

Everything you need to know to buy a Brompton Bike

Sky Ride partners with GGB on Henry Holland cycling jacket

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