Top cyclists to race through East Devon

PUBLISHED: 07:00 04 September 2016 | UPDATED: 08:48 06 September 2016

Bradley Wiggins leads the field away at the start of last year's Devon stage of the Tour of Britain in Sidmouth.. Picture by Alex Walton.

Bradley Wiggins leads the field away at the start of last year's Devon stage of the Tour of Britain in Sidmouth.. Picture by Alex Walton.


Olympic medallists Sir Bradley Wiggins and Mark Cavendish will be among the top riders coming to Devon for the Tour of Britain next week.

The county will be showcased to a worldwide television audience of millions when it plays host to stage six of the country’s most prestigious cycle race on Friday. September 9.

Top riders confirmed for the race tour include five-time Olympic gold medallist Bradley Wiggins, silver medallist Mark Cavendish, Owain Doull – who won team gold in Rio - and Jonathan Dibben.

Stage six of the Tour of Britain will start in Sidmouth, from where the riders will cycle towards Ottery St Mary, then Honiton, before heading out of East Devon, and going on to finish the stage at Haytor, on Dartmoor.

The competitors will race up Chineway Hill, as they head to Honiton, in the first of four King of the Mountain (KoM)sections on the day’s route.

Thousands of spectators are expected to turn out and a whole host of activities are being planned to mark the occasion, including competitions, a costumed vintage bike ride, criterium race day, live entertainment and more.

The Olympians will be joined by top sprinter André Greipel and former Union Cycliste International World Hour Record holder Rohan Dennis.

Councillor Stuart Hughes, Devon County Council’s (DCC) highways boss, said: “The tour is a great occasion for all of the communities it passes through and people in Devon always embrace this colourful spectacle.

“We’re expecting another exciting stage and with two of the world’s best sprinters in Greipel and Cavendish, coupled with the only summit finish at Haytor, we could be treated to a truly great stage.”

Organisers are offering travel advice to those who want to see the race pass through. This includes:

● Road closures – Check for any traffic and parking restrictions

● Arrive early – to avoid delays and in case the riders are even faster than expected, it is recommended that spectators arrive at least one hour before the race is due to pass through

● Plan your journey – consider all your travel options

● Check public transport – there will be some disruption to bus services along the route and at the start and finish locations. Please contact your local bus operator for more information.

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