Published: Fri, June 08, 2018
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Tour of Britain cycle race heading to Somerset and Devon — MAPS

Tour of Britain cycle race heading to Somerset and Devon — MAPS

It will be the first time the county has hosted Britain's biggest professional cycling race, which in previous years has been contested by the likes of Sir Bradley Wiggins, Mark Cavendish, and Geraint Thomas.

The 2018 race, which will begin in Carmarthenshire in South Wales on Sunday, Sept 2 and finish in London on Sunday, Sept 9, will also include trips to Devon, Bristol, Warwickshire and Nottinghamshire.

"In another first for the OVO Energy Tour of Britain, we return to the same climb the following day for a double ascent of our summit finish - although riders will tackle it during a conventional road stage, albeit from its harder eastern side!"

With a series of sprint finishes keeping time differences at a minimum, Dutchman Lars Boom won the 2017 Tour thanks to his victory on the stage five time trial, and his LottoNL-Jumbo squad are one of 10 WorldTour teams already confirmed to take part this year.

"This will be a test like no other, as teams will have to get their equipment choices and tactics spot on".

From Cranbrook, the riders head towards Chineway Hill, in Ottery St Mary for the first King of the Mountain climb, just a few kilometres into the race.

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Julie Harrington, chief executive of British Cycling, said: "The OVO Energy Tour of Britain goes from strength to strength as a mainstay of the British sporting year which attracts new fans across the country to our fantastic sport".

For the 15th edition of the current version of the race, the Tour of Britain will have several novelties that should make it more exciting than years before. "The 2018 route is one which will really capture the imagination of everyone, whether they cheer from the roadside or watch on television". Riders will pass through Carmarthen, Brecon and Usk before the stage finish in the city of Newport.

The 190km stage, on Wednesday, 5th September, will start in Nuneaton and end in Leamington, passing through all five Warwickshire districts and boroughs.

"This is our second year sponsoring the Tour of Britain and we're thrilled to see that Bristol, home to our headquarters, once again features in what looks like an wonderful route", said Chris Houghton, CEO energy retail at OVO Energy.

While Whinlatter Pass is likely to be the focus of the battle for the overall leader's green jersey, there are testing climbs throughout the route, often in the final kilometres of the day.

The race, Britain's most prestigious global men's stage race on the UCI calendar, is sponsored by the UK's largest independent energy company for the second successive year.

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