Tour of Britain Cycling Fast Approaching

The British summer of cycling is to continue in the second week of September, with the arrival of the 2014 Friends Life Tour of Britain. After the glorious success of the Tour de France Grand Depart – as well as some impressive home cycling performances at the Glasgow Commonwealth Games – the sport continues to move further into the focus of the eyes of the nation.

The first stage will begin on the 7th September in Liverpool City Centre; with the remaining stages to visit other UK highlights including Llandudno and Bath. The eighth and final stage will be split into two in the capital city of London.

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Wiggins in Line to Defend Title

The final list of teams was confirmed yesterday (13th August); and excitement is really beginning to build for the start of the event; which will be broadcast live between ITV and Eurosport. Reigning champion Sir Bradley Wiggins is already in line to defend his 2013 title at the event.

Team Sky Boss Sir Dave Brailsford recently confirmed at the Ride London-Surrey Classic that Wiggins will ‘ride in a couple of one-day races, and then he’ll ride the Tour of Britain. We hope that will give him the right training preparations to go to the World Championships.’

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Highlight of the British Sporting Calendar

 

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It is a real boost for what is a particular highlight of the British cycling sporting calendar; with home support partially reliant on the presence of UK big names. 2013 Tour de France winner Chris Froome will not compete in the event, and is eyeing the Vuelta Espana for his return after dramatically crashing out of Le Tour this year.

It will allow Sky to keep the rivals apart; with differences between Froome and Wiggins well publicized in the cycling press. In his recent autobiography, Froome described Wiggins as ‘arrogant’ and has said that he and his team have previously had to ‘ride around him and his moods like he was a traffic island.’

The complete list of teams is as follows (information taken from Tour of Britain website)

UCI Pro Teams

– Belkin Pro Cycling (NED)

– BMC Racing Team (USA)

– Garmin Sharp (USA)

– Movistar Team (SPA)

– Omega Pharma Quick-Step (BEL)

– Team Giant Shimano (NED)

– Team Sky (GBR)

– Tinkoff Saxo (RUS)

UCI Pro Continental Teams

– Bardiani CSF (ITA)

– IAM Cycling (SWI)

– MTN Qhubeka (RSA)

– Team NetApp Endura (GER)

Team Novo Nordisk (USA)

UCI Continental Teams

– AN Post Chain Reaction (IRL)

– Madison Genesis (GBR)

– NTFO Pro Cycling (GBR)

– Giordana Racing Team (GBR)

– Rapha Condor JLT (GBR)

– Team Raleigh (GBR)

National Teams

– Great Britain (GBR)

The breakdown of the stages is as follows (information taken from Tour of Britain website):

Stage 1 – Sunday 7th September – Liverpool city centre: 104.8km

Stage 2 – Monday 8th September – Knowsley to Llandudno: 201km

Stage 3 – Tuesday 6th September – Newtown to The Tumble: 179.7km

Stage 4 – Wednesday 10th September – Worcester to Bristol: 184.6km

Stage 5 – Thursday 11th September – Exmouth to Exeter: 177.3km

Stage 6 – Friday 12th September – Bath to Hemel Hempstead: 205.7km

Stage 7 – Saturday 13th September – Camberley to Brighton: 226km

Stage 8 A – Sunday 14th September – London individual time trial presented by TfL: 8.8km

Stage 8 B – Sunday 14th September – London circuit race presented by TfL: 88.8km

 

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