March 31 2015 Latest news:
Monday, March 31, 2014
The Tour of Britain cycle race will not visit Norfolk or Suffolk this year, it has been revealed.
Organisers announced this evening that the race will start in Liverpool on September 7 and finish in London on September 14.
It last came to Norfolk in 2012 and also took in the region in 2011.
The UK’s biggest professional cycle race brought more than £3m to Norfolk in 2011 when it held a joint stage with Suffolk and drew an estimated 150,000 people to the roadside across the county.
But this year organisers opted for seven new venues, as well as a return to venues including Liverpool, Worcester and Exeter.
The stages include Knowsley to Llandudno, Newtown to The Tumble, Worcester to Bristol, Exmouth to Exeter, Bath to Hemel Hempstead and Camberley to Brighton.
Race director Mick Bennett said: “With our toughest summit finish yet, an individual time trial in London and several longer stages, this year’s Tour of Britain has a varied and testing route that will present opportunities to a variety of riders.
“The route will again showcase some fantastic scenery, and combine major British cities with charming and picturesque towns and villages, as well as testing climbs, all of which will make for a memorable Tour.”
An 18-team line-up of six-rider squads is planned for the Tour, with the first 10 teams confirmed at the race’s national launch.
The national launch also saw the announcement of expanded television coverage for Britain’s national Tour, with three-hours of live coverage daily, plus an hour’s highlights show on each evening in a new multi-year deal with ITV.
Detailed route maps will be announced in the summer.