More than 100 miles of road to watch cyclists go head to head in Tour of Britain race
PUBLISHED: 11:30 24 August 2018 | UPDATED: 12:42 29 August 2018
Spectators have (108miles) of Devon’s roads to choose from when it comes to watching the Tour of Britain’s second stage on Monday, September 3.
Crowds are being tipped to exceed 2016’s record of 260,000 spectators that lined the route in Devon.
Starting in Cranbrook, elite riders will cycle through several towns - including Honiton and Ottery St Mary, before finishing the stage in Barnstaple.
As well as the start and finish venues, there are some exciting places on the route to see 120 of the world’s top professional cyclists. Among the top class British riders taking part this year are Tour de France winners Geraint Thomas and Chris Froome while Devon’s George Pym is also in the line-up.
Other world-leading cyclists to throw their hat into the ring this year include Primož Roglic who won Tour de France stages in 2017 and 2018 and finished 4th in this year’s race. He has been described as one of the most exciting riders in the world – the fastest descender in the peloton.
Andre Greipel, a five-time stage winner in the Tour of Britain race, and 11 times stage winner in the Tour de France is also competing, as are Marcel Kittel and Alex Dowsett, both former stage winners and race leaders in the Tour of Britain.
Councillor Stuart Hughes, Devon County Council’s cabinet member for highways with responsibility for cycling said: “This year promises to be the best Devon stage ever held, and given the quality of the previous Devon stages that’s saying something.
“There’s local interest with Devon’s George Pym, who was inspired to take up cycling after watching the Tour Series in Exeter 2009 racing for Madison Genesis and with elite cyclists like Geraint Thomas, Chris Froome, Roglic and Greipal, it’s certainly the strongest Tour of Britain line-up I’ve ever seen.
“It’s all free to watch, so dust off your bike, cycle to a nice spot with some friends, soak up the atmosphere and have a great day.”
There will be rolling road closures on the day, which will only be in effect for a limited period to allow the race and race vehicles to travel through towns and villages safely.
The council said every effort will be made to re-open the roads as soon as it is safe to do so.
Road closures and times may change due to race conditions - see ‘www.devontourofbritain.co.uk/road-closures’ for more.