The Tour of Britain

The Tour of Britain Logo The biggest and most important mens' cycling event in Britain, The 2014 Tour of Britain is eight stages across England and Wales. With the top international riders and teams, it covers everything from tough mountain stages to compact urban courses. Our Olympic medal-winners will be taking part, defending the 2013 win by Sir Bradley Wiggins.

The eight stages cover from 97km to 220km in a single days' riding, with a finish through central London on Sunday 14 September with thousands of fans expected to turn out to cheer on their heroes. The exact routes are still being finalised, but as soon as we have created the official maps and GPX files we will have them here.

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The Tour of Britain Stage 1 - Liverpool, 7 September

Stage one is 105km in the centre of Liverpool, planned to be eight laps of a circuit that will start and end on The Strand, next to the 'Three Graces'.

Tour of Britain Stage 1

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The Tour of Britain Stage 2 - Knowsley to Llandudno, 8 September

Stage two starts from Knowsley in England and ends in Llandudno on the North Wales coast. 201km with some serious hill climbs in the later stages - sure to be a favourite with fans.

Tour of Britain Stage 3

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The Tour of Britain Stage 3 - Newtown to The Tumble, 9 September

Stage three remains in Wales and travels south from Newtown to The Tumble near Abergavenny. Ending at The Tumble means the riders will have to end the stage with a gruelling climb of 432ms over a 6km distance to complete this 180km stage.

Tour of Britain Stage 3

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The Tour of Britain Stage 4 - Worcester to Bristol, 10 September

185km long, Stage four passes through Great Malvern, Evesham, Broadway, Cheltenham and Stroud before finishing in Bristol, so there will be plenty of opportunities for fans to watch their favourite riders in action.

Tour of Britain Stage 4

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The Tour of Britain Stage 5 - Exmouth to Exeter, 11 September

Stage five is almost a complete circuit, starting from Exmouth then on to Okehampton before crossing Dartmoor to Tavistock before turning around and coming back a more southerly route to Exeter. It's 177km long through some stunning natural scenery - but we suspect the riders will be too busy to really appreciate it!

Tour of Britain Stage 5

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The Tour of Britain Stage 6 - Bath to Hemel Hempstead, 12 September

Stage six starts at the historic city of Bath, heading east across central southern England. Passing through Bradford upon Avon, Hungerford, Wantage and Chesham before finishing in Hemel Hempstead. This stage totals 206km.

Tour of Britain Stage 6

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The Tour of Britain Stage 7 - Camberley to Brighton, 13 September

The longest stage of The Tour of Britain, stage seven is 225km, so we're sure the riders will be happy that it is relatively flat.

Tour of Britain Stage 7

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The Tour of Britain Stage 8 - London, 14 September

The last chance for the riders to shine, The Tour of Britain returns to central London to finish at the heart of the capital. Riders will race ten laps of the 8.8km circuit, starting and finishing on Whitehall and passing by the Tower of London, Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament. Huge numbers of spectators are expected, so you may want to camp out at your favourite spot early!

Tour of Britain Stage 8

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Videos from Chris Boardman

Chris Boardman is the official Ambassador for the Friends Life Tour of Britain, and has recently made some videos about the tour and cycling in general.

This is a playlist - you can choose the video from the top left menu or just let them all play automatically.

 

 

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