Cavendish and Wiggins confirmed for Tour of Britain as full race details are announced
Sir Bradley Wiggins and Mark Cavendish are among the top cyclists confirmed to be competing in the 10th anniversary Tour of Britain, which starts in just over a week.
The Tour begins on Sunday, September 15, in Peebles, Scotland, and will be in Devon for Stage Six, hosted by Devon County Council, on Friday, September 20.
2012 Tour de France winner and Olympic Time Trial Gold Medallist Sir Bradley Wiggins, who has ridden The Tour of Britain on four previous occasions (2004, 2009, 2010 and 2012), will be among the favourites for the IG Gold Jersey.
He will lead the six-man line-up for Team Sky, and will be joined by Ian Stannard, Josh Edmondson, Bernhard Eisel, Mathew Hayman and David Lopez.
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Former World Road Race Champion and current British Road Race Champion Mark Cavendish heads up the Omega Pharma – Quick Step team. He will be looking to add to the seven Tour of Britain stage victories that he has to his name.
The Movistar Team boasts Nairo Quintana, the 2013 Tour de France runner-up and winner of the King of the Mountains and Young Rider Jerseys, as well as three time British Time Trial Champion Alex Dowsett and Spanish sprinter Jose Joaquin Rojas.
Other big name riders who will be competing include Tour de France stage winners Dan Martin and Robbie Hunter, both of Garmin Sharp, Alessandro Petacchi, of Omega Pharma – Quick Step, Heinrich Haussler of IAM Cycling and 2013 Milan-San Remo winner Gerald Ciolek of MTN Qhubeka pb Samsung.
South West riders Yanto Barker, from Devon, and Chris Opie, from Cornwall, are in the Team UK Youth line-up and there will also be a Great Britain team represented for the second year running.
Speaking about the Tour of Britain, Sir Bradley said: “I’m really looking forward to the Tour of Britain; it’s a race I’m fond of and it’s nice to see it growing in stature each year. The crowds and the roads make it special and it’s always very humbling to see the fantastic support that we get from the public.
“I’m coming into the race feeling really good. It finishes in close proximity to the world time trial championships which is my main late-season goal. The Tour of Britain is always a tough event and I’m looking forward to getting started.”
The Devon Stage (Stage Six) of The Tour will cover 85 miles (137km) of the county, starting in Sidmouth and finishing at Haytor, in Dartmoor National Park. The race will pass through a number of communities including Sidbury, Honiton, Willand, Moretonhampstead and Bovey Tracey before the challenging climax in Dartmoor National Park.
The Stage includes SKODA King of the Mountains climbs at Pennsylvania Road on the outskirts of Exeter, Mamhead, and Six Mile Hill on Dartmoor, as well as Haytor. There will also be Yodel Sprints outside Blundell’s School in Tiverton, through Exeter High Street and Chudleigh.
Devon Stage (estimated times):
Start - The Esplanade, Sidmouth 11am
Yodel Sprint - Outside Blundell’s School, Tiverton 12.09pm
Skoda K.O.M - Pennsylvania Road, Exeter (Category 2) 12.40pm
Yodel Sprint - Exeter High Street 12:44pm
Skoda K.O.M - Mamhead (Category 2) 13.15pm
Yodel Sprint - Chudleigh 13:30pm
Skoda K.O.M - Six Mile Hill, Dartmoor (Category 2) 14:02pm
Skoda K.O.M & Finish - Haytor, Dartmoor 14:30pm