The Tour of Britain comes to Tiverton
By tinap | Friday, March 22, 2013, 14:06
Britain's top cycle race, the Tour of Britain, will pass through the streets of Tiverton when Devon hosts the sixth stage of the race.
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The stage will start on the Jurassic Coast UNESCO World Heritage Site in Sidmouth and will cover around 85 miles (137 km) of the county before finishing with a testing climb at Haytor in Dartmoor National Park on Friday, 20th September. It will be the first time a stage has finished with a SKODA King of the Mountains climb in the modern era of the race.
The route will also see 96 of the world's top cyclists race through Tiverton along Blundell's Road, Great Western Way and into Station Road and Gold Street, before crossing the River Exe and heading out on Exeter Road.
Last year's record Tour saw more than 220,000 spectators line the route from Barnstaple to Dartmouth. They roared on Devon rider Jonathan Tiernan Locke who was wearing the IG Gold Jersey in the county on his way to becoming the first Briton to win the race overall. The crowds were also treated to seeing Britain's Mark Cavendish racing in the rainbow stripes as the then reigning world champion, although the stage was won by Euskaltel Euskadi's Pablo Urtasun.
The Tour last raced through Sidmouth in 2010 and Haytor featured as a SKODA King of the Mountains climb in 2011 when Jonathan Tiernan Locke dominated the climbs and went on to win the SKODA King of the Mountains jersey.
Among the world class teams which have been revealed to be competing in the 2013 Tour are Sky Professional Cycling Team, Omega Pharma - Quick-Step, Garmin - Sharp, Vaconsoleil DCM, Cannondale and Orica GreenEDGE. Full details on the final line-up of teams for The Tour of Britain will be announced in the Summer.
Hugh Roberts, Chief Executive of The Tour organisers SweetSpot Group, said: "The 2013 Tour is a special occasion marking 10 years of the race, and it is fitting that we will see the drama of a mountain top finish for the first time. Devon always provides a picturesque setting for exciting and tough racing. We always receive tremendous support from the crowds in Devon and have seen spectator numbers growing on the climbs on Dartmoor over the past few years, so this stage will provide a unique atmosphere."
At the national launch of the 2013 Tour in Covent Garden it was revealed that the race would start in Peebles in Scotland on Sunday 15 September and finish in London on Sunday 22 September.
For more information on The Tour of Britain, visit: www.southwesttourofbritain.co.uk and www.tourofbritain.co.uk and on Twitter follow @SWTourofBritain.