The Tour of Britain is returning to our streets once again in September (3rd -10th) and it promises to be an exciting one.
There will be a number of new towns and cities this year as well as a few firm favourites. It will also be finishing in Cardiff this year – the first time it hasn’t concluded in London since 2012 – in fact, it won’t be entering London at all this year.
Date: 3rd – 10th September
UK Televised Coverage: ITV
Overall Distance: 1,310 km
Total Climb Height: 13,362 metres
Stage One – 10:30am
Climb: 2525 metres
Stage one will be kicking off in Edinburgh for the first time. The peloton will set off from outside St Giles’ Cathedral, riders will then ride along the coast before heading inland towards Kelso.
The race won’t stop there however, the riders will need to cycle another 79km along the Scottish borders before heading back to Kelso for the finish.
Intermediate sprints will come into play at Gifford, Coldstream and Melrose.
The KOM points are to be won on Redstone Rigg, at Dingleton and Scott’s View.
Stage Two – 10:15am
Start: Kielder Water and Forest Park
Climb: 2586 metres
Stage Two is the longest in the 2017 race based in Northumberland. Riders will pass Rothbury, Alnwick, Bamburgh and Morpeth. They will also get to ride along the Northumberland Coast Area of outstanding natural beauty, taking in some breathtaking views.
There will be KOM points on the line at Winter’s Gibbet, Cragside and Corby’s Crags.
Sprint points will be contested at Seahouses, Warkworth and on the final loop into the finish at Seaton Sluice.
Blyth last hosted the race two years ago where we witnessed Quickstep Floors’ Fernando Gaviria take the victory.
Stage 3 – 11:00am
Start: Normanby Hall Country Park
Distance: 172 km
Climb: 1,087 metres
Stage three is much flatter than the previous stages with an ascent of only 1,087 over the course. Riders will start at Normanby Hall Country Park and finish in Scunthorpe.
There are sprint points at Crowle, Messingham Road and Scawby with climber’s rewards in the second loop at Greetwell, Wrawby Hill and Sheffield’s Hill.
Stage 4 – 11:00am
Distance: 175 km
Climb: 1,402 metres
Starting down the road from SockMine HQ in Mansfield and ending in Newark-On-Trent.
Stage four will take riders through Sherwood Forest (famous for Robin Hood) and also past the memorial to 1965 World Champion Tommy Simpson in Bircotes.
There are three intermediate sprints during the stage, at Bilsthorpe, Ranskill and Collingham as well as one chance to pick up climber’s points at Eaton Wood.
Stage 5 – Time Trial – 12:01am
Distance: 16 km
Climb: 122 metres
16 kilometre time trial will be the first time Tendering has been used in the Tour of Britain. It has however hosted the women’s tour in both 2014 and 2015.
Riders will TT by the sea, with a short loop into the town for some more technical twists and turns before heading back along the coast to the finish.
Stage 6 – 10:45am
Distance: 183 km
Climb: 1,228 metres
Stage six will take place in Suffolk, starting in Newmarket travelling all the way out to the coastal town of Aldeburgh.
Riders will battle it out for sprint points at Ixworth, Stradbrooke and Kesgrave, with one KOM opportunity at Snape.
Stage 7 – 10:30am
Start: Hemel Hempstead
Distance: 186 km
Climb: 2,370 metres
The penultimate stage increases the climbing back up to 2,370 metres. Leaving Hemel Hempstead the riders will travel 186 kilometres finishing in Cheltenham.
Brill Hill and Bourton on the Hill host KOM climbs, as well as Cleeve Hill, which is nestled just within the final 10 kilometres, potentially breaking up the field.
There are sprints at Bourton on the Water, Morton in Marsh, and just before the final KOM climb at Winchcombe.
Stage 8 11:00am
Distance: 180 km
Climb: 2,042 metres
Stage 8 will finish for the first time since 2012 outside of London in Cardiff. Starting in Worcester the riders will ride 180 kilometres through Newport and finish on King Edward VII Avenue in Cardiff next to the City Hall.
The KOM climbs feature at British Camp, Marlborough Drag, and close to the finish at Celtic Manor. There will be sprint points up for grabs at Ledbury and Usk.
Keeping two hill stages towards the end of the race leaves plenty of room for movement in the GC, promising a thrilling race right to the very end.
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