It may not have the status of a grand tour such as the Giro de Italia or Tour de France, but the Tour of Britain is second to none in terms of excitement and the spectacle it provides for the thousands of cycling fans along the route. The eight-stage 2017 race kicks off in Edinburgh on the stunning Royal Mile, on Sunday, September 3, one of several notable firsts for an event that can trace its history back to 1944, albeit under a different name. The race has been known as The Circuit of Britain, The Milk Race, The Kellogg’s Tour and, from 2004, the Tour of Britain. One constant over the years, however, has been the popularity of the event. If anything, since the international success of British cyclists such as Chris Boardman, Bradley Wiggins (winner of this event in 2013), Chris Hoy and Chris Froome, more fans than ever are turning out to cheer the peloton on its way.
Following the 188km Edinburgh to Kelso road stage, the next stage of the 1,310km race is the longest at 211km, from Kielder Water & Forest Park to Blyth. Stage three (172km) is from Normanby Hall to Scunthorpe, all within North Lincolnshire. Nottinghamshire hosts stage four (175km), Mansfield to Newark-on-Trent, before the race moves to Tendring in Essex for a 16km individual time trial on stage five. Stage six (183km) is from Newmarket to Aldeburgh, meanwhile, stage seven promises to be gruelling as the peloton covers an undulating 186km long route from Hemel Hempstead to Cheltenham. This year’s race finishes on 10th September with a 180km stage from Worcester to the Welsh capital Cardiff – the first time the race has finished outside London since 2012.
As always, there are a number of hill stages with the main ones this year coming close to the end of the race at British Camp, Marlborough Drag, and Celtic Manor. The sprinters will be going flat out for points, promising plenty of thrills – and possible spills – for fans. The coveted green jersey goes to the race leader, making him easy to identify, while there are also jerseys for the most consistent finisher, king of the mountains, and the top sprinter. The Tour of Britain always attracts a field of elite cyclists and provides a unique opportunity to get up close to the action.
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