Monday, September 9, 2013
Tour of Britain heading to Devon.
Sir Bradley Wiggins and Mark Cavendish are among the top cyclists confirmed to be competing in the 10th anniversary Tour of Britain, which will pass through Honiton.
The Tour begins on Sunday, September 15, in Peebles, Scotland, and will be in Devon for stage six, which is being hosted by Devon County Council, on Friday, September 20.
The 2012 Tour de France winner and Olympic Time Trial Gold Medallist Sir Bradley Wiggins, who has ridden The Tour of Britain on four previous occasions (2004, 2009, 2010 and 2012), will be among the favourites for the IG Gold Jersey.
He will lead the six-man line-up for Team Sky, and will be joined by Ian Stannard, Josh Edmondson, Bernhard Eisel, Mathew Hayman and David Lopez.
Former World Road Race Champion and current British Road Race champion Mark Cavendish heads up the Omega Pharma - Quick Step team.
The Movistar Team boasts Nairo Quintana, the 2013 Tour de France runner-up and winner of the King of the Mountains and Young Rider Jerseys, as well as three time British Time Trial Champion Alex Dowsett and Spanish sprinter Jose Joaquin Rojas.
Other big name riders who will be competing include Tour de France stage winners Dan Martin and Robbie Hunter, both of Garmin Sharp, Alessandro Petacchi, of Omega Pharma – Quick Step, Heinrich Haussler of IAM Cycling and 2013 Milan-San Remo winner Gerald Ciolek of MTN Qhubeka pb Samsung.
South West riders Yanto Barker, from Devon, and Chris Opie, from Cornwall, are in the Team UK Youth line-up and there will also be a Great Britain team represented for the second year running.
The Devon stage (stage six) of The Tour will cover 85 miles of the county, starting in Sidmouth and finishing at Haytor, in Dartmoor National Park. The race will pass through a number of communities including Sidbury and Honiton before the challenging climax in Dartmoor National Park.
The race finishes in London on Sunday, September 22.