Cheer on kings of those hills

PUBLISHED: 10:00 03 September 2008 | UPDATED: 22:17 15 June 2010

THE Tour of Britain, featuring Olympic cycling medallists, will be racing through Devon next Tuesday, September 9.

THE Tour of Britain, featuring Olympic cycling medallists, will be racing through Devon next Tuesday, September 9.The 185km stage is the longest of the entire race. It is also expected to be the toughest of the tour, setting off from Chard in Somerset, before crossing the Blackdown Hills with a King of the Mountains climb. As it heads through Devon it takes in Tiverton, South Molton and another King of the Mountain climb in North Molton. The stage then continues on to Exmoor and Somerset, finishing in Burnham-on-Sea.Among the riders competing in the Tour of Britain are Beijing Olympic gold medal winners Bradley Wiggins and Geraint Thomas and bronze medal winner Chris Newton. They will be joined by Mark Cavendish, the only Briton to win four stages of the Tour de France in a single year. Covering 80km of Devon, Tiverton features in the Tour for the first time. The first sprint of the stage will take place past Blundell's School and the race will pass through the town centre at around 11:35am. Spectators are urged to arrive by 10am and the best places to view the race will be Fore Street and Gold Street.Devon County Council cycling ambassador Andrei Burton will be demonstrating his mountain bike trial skills in Gold Street, Tiverton, prior to the race. The Cycle Exeter team will also be on hand in the town with information about cycle routes across the county. The riders will start their second sprint of the stage as they enter South Molton, at around 12:25pm. Spectators need to arrive by 11am and Broad Street will be closed from 9:30am to 3pm for public safety. A Cycle Roadshow will be in the town centre, where there will also be a farmers' market. There will be a special presentation by race sponsor E.ON to South Molton Infants School which won the national schools competition.l For more information visit: www.devon.gov.uk or www.tourofbritain.co.uk


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