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Tour of Britain Route Unveiled
By Mark Sharon
Date: 4/25/2017
Tour of Britain Route Unveiled
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April 28, 2017

Tour of Britain to start in Edinburgh

The Tour of Britain, newly sponsored by OVO Energy, takes in Welsh and Scottish Capitals, and misses out London

A fresh new route sees the OVO Energy Tour of Britain 2017 embrace the Scottish and Welsh Capitals.

Key highlights

  • Edinburgh to host opening stage for the first time, with race starting from Royal Mile

  • First ever stages in North Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire among nine new venues

  • Tendring in Essex to host individual time trial stage

  • Race to finish in Wales for the first time, with Cardiff hosting final stage finish

  • OVO Energy, the UK's top rated independent energy supplier announced as the title sponsor of the Tour of Britain.

It will be the first time that Edinburgh has hosted the opening stage and just the fourth time since the race was revived in 2004, and the first time since 2012, that the OVO Energy Tour of Britain has finished outside of London.

The eight stages of the 2017 route will cover over 1,310-kilometres between Sunday 3 and Sunday 10 September, with ITV4 again providing four hours of coverage each day, three of them live.

Nine new venues will welcome Britain's biggest professional cycle race, with Tendring in Essex among them, hosting a 10-mile individual time trial, the longest in the Tour since 2013.

Mick Bennett, Race Director of the OVO Energy Tour of Britain, said: "This year's OVO Energy Tour of Britain route is a race of firsts, with nine new venues welcoming the race plus our first overall start in the city of Edinburgh. We will be bringing Britain's biggest professional cycle race to new areas this September and look forward to our first finish in Wales and the chance to race into Cardiff.

"We introduced summit finishes for the first time in 2013, this year we are giving a chance to the sprinters and rouleurs in the OVO Energy Tour of Britain. Following the success of the Tatton Park finish last year we have introduced several finishing circuits, this will add a new dimension for both the sprinter's teams, who will get to see the finish beforehand, and the fans as a whole who will enjoy the spectacle of the race twice.

"The addition of an individual time trial over a classic British 10-mile distance will be a great contest between our National Time Trial Champion Alex Dowsett, on his home roads in Essex, and the world's best time trialists.

Chris Houghton, Managing Director, OVO Energy, said: "As the title sponsor, OVO Energy is helping to bring fans and spectators across the country unparalleled access to watch the world's best teams and riders competing on their doorsteps. We believe in powering a sustainable future that is 'better for everyone' through the use of smart technology. Cycling is the ultimate sustainable mode of transport and an innovation-led sport - with cyclists themselves generating millions of watts of energy each day across Britain and adopting the very best technology to manage and measure their performance."

Stage List

Stage 1

Sunday 3 September

Edinburgh to Kelso


Stage 2

Monday 4 September

Kielder Water & Forest Park to Blyth


Stage 3

Tuesday 5 September

Normanby Hall Country Park to Scunthorpe


Stage 4

Wednesday 6 September

Mansfield to Newark-on-Trent


Stage 5

Thursday 7 September

The Tendring Stage Individual Time Trial


Stage 6

Friday 8 September

Newmarket to Aldeburgh


Stage 7

Saturday 9 September

Hemel Hempstead to Cheltenham


Stage 8

Sunday 10 September

Worcester to Cardiff


More to follow

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