Chance to catch Bradley Wiggins and other top cyclists in Cumbria stage of the Tour of Britain
Last updated at 16:36, Wednesday, 11 September 2013
THE world’s top cyclists will dash through the streets of Cumbria, dart along rural tracks and scale mountain passes as the much-anticipated Tour of Britain returns to the county next week.
Thousands are expected to line the roads in Cumbria on Monday to catch a glimpse of Tour de France champion Sir Bradley Wiggins, sprinter Mark Cavendish and a host of famous international road racers.
The county is holding the second stage of this year’s Tour of Britain, which starts in Carlisle and finishes in Kendal.
The competition looks set to be one of the most hotly contested with the runner-up of this year’s Tour de France, Nairo Quintana, taking on Britain’s Olympic heroes.
Cumbria County Councillor David Southward, Cabinet member for economic development, says it is a huge honour for the county to stage the event.
He said: “Holding an entire stage of the Tour of Britain in Cumbria is an important benchmark for the history of cycling in the county.”
The stage will start in Carlisle city centre, with riders passing through the city’s streets before heading to Wigton, Cockermouth and Whitehaven.
The route cuts through the Lake District, visiting Grasmere, Ambleside and Windermere. There will undoubtedly be a number of riders attacking the steep climbs on the route, which looks set to make a compelling and tactical stage.
The climax of the race will see cyclists take on a tough uphill finish up Beast Banks to Greenside in Kendal town centre.
Spectators will be able to watch the action across the route in what looks to be a highlight in the county’s tourism calendar.
Race director, Mick Bennett, has promised a competitive tour in its tenth year.
“Every year the rider list for The Tour of Britain has grown more and more impressive, with this year being no exception to that.
“We have world-class sprinters like Mark Cavendish and Gerald Ciolek, the very best time trialists in Sir Bradley Wiggins and Alex Dowsett, and exceptional climbing talents in Nairo Quintana and Dan Martin, plus many others who I could mention.”
First published at 16:03, Wednesday, 11 September 2013
Published by http://www.nwemail.co.uk
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