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Saturday, September 8, 2012
Riders will be battling it out to win points for the Skoda-sponsored King of the Mountains polka dot jersey as they climb through the village, with the road rising up past the green onto a section of gently undulating road. The peloton is expected to arrive at about 11.27am, before heading into Reydon.
The coastal town welcomes the race to Norfolk with riders heading onto the promenade to contest the second Yodel-sponsored sprint competition of the race on the long section on the seafront of the famous resort. The riders will be sprinting along South Beach Parade, outside the White Feather Hotel, at about 12.40pm.
The day’s final sprint in Church Street, outside the Red Lion pub, will decide on whose shoulders the red and green jersey will first sit in 2012. The riders are due to arrive in the village at about 1.26pm.
The best climbers in each team will be putting their best pedals forward on this section. Look out for a bit of jostling and position changing here. Tour spokesman Sophie Molyneux said: “Although it’s not the toughest climb of the Tour this year, it will still be taken very seriously as it will give someone who is not a pure climber a chance to be the wearer of the first KoM jersey.” They are due to be in the village at about 2.08pm.
Dereham to the Norfolk Showground
The stage turns towards Norwich at Dereham, setting up the final kilometres on the back roads to the Royal Norfolk Showground. A long straight leads to the final kilometre, entirely within the showground, which also hosts the Taste the Best of Norfolk Food & Drink Festival and Family Fun Day. Two 90 degree corners will set riders up for the run to the line, perfectly suited to a bunch sprint to get the 2012 Tour off to a spectacular start. The finish is expected to be at about 2.46pm.