VIDEO Cycling Tour of Britain comes to Warwickshire
THE fourth stage of this year's OVO Energy Tour of Britain will take place in Warwickshire.
It will be the first time the county has hosted Britain’s biggest professional cycling race, which in previous years has been contested by the likes of Sir Bradley Wiggins, Mark Cavendish, and Geraint Thomas.
The 190km stage, on Wednesday, 5th September, will start in Nuneaton and end in Leamington, passing through all five Warwickshire districts and boroughs.
It will follow a similar route to next week's OVO Energy Women's Tour when it hits Stratford district, where there will be three King of the Mountain climbs, at Ilmington, Edge Hill and Burton Dassett Country Park.
Cllr Izzi Seccombe, leader of Warwickshire County Council, said: “This is a massive coup and very exciting news.”
The race is being organised by Sweetspot, which has organised the Tour of Britain and the 151km Women’s Tour over the past three years.
Race director, Mick Bennett, said: “The support we receive in the county for the Women’s Tour is tremendous, and we know that the world’s top male riders can expect more of the same this September.”
The Tour of Britain was relaunched in 2004 after a five-year absence from the calendar.
There will be daily live coverage on ITV4 and Eurosport.