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The Tour of Britain 2016 starts in Glasgow on Sunday 4th September, and finishes in London on Sunday 11th September. Mark Cavendish, Steve Cummings, André Greipel, Tom Dumoulin, Rohan Dennis, and Taylor Phinney are amongst the star riders taking part.
Stage 1 of the Tour of Britain 2016 is 161km from Glasgow to Castle Douglas. There are intermediate sprints at the end of the second lap of a circuit in Glasgow, then at Kilmarnock and Dalmellington. In the King of the Mountains competition, there are three Category 3 climbs at Skares, Kerse, and Dalmellington. The sights along the way include Loch Doon and Loch Ken. Read about Stage 1, Tour of Britain 2016.
Stage 2 of the Tour of Britain 2016 is 188km from Carlisle to Kendal. This Lake District day is a monster. There are sprints at Hesket Newmarket and Cockermouth, before the Category 2 climbs of Whinlatter Pass and, after Keswick, Chestnut Hill. Next up is the final intermediate sprint at beautiful Grasmere. From Ambleside, the riders tackle the steep Category 1 climb, The Struggle, to Kirkstone Pass. Finally, the race goes along the shore of Lake Windermere, and over to Kendal for an uphill finish on Beast Banks. Read about Stage 2, Tour of Britain 2016.
Stage 3 of the Tour of Britain 2016 is 179km from Congleton to Tatton Park, Knutsford. It starts in Congleton, and does a loop to the south west, to Alsager, Crewe, and Nantwich. It then takes in Middlewich and Sandbach, before heading north to Knutsford and Tatton Park, where the riders cross the finish line for the first time. After that, they head east, to Alderley Edge, where there's a sprint followed by a climb, and out to the Peak District for a climb from Pott Shrigley. The race comes back to Macclesfield before returning to the Peak District for the climb of the Cat & Fiddle road. Finally, it heads back to Knutsford and Tatton Park for the stage finish. Read about Stage 3, Tour of Britain 2016.
Stage 4 of the Tour of Britain 2016 is 217km from Denbigh to Builth Wells. It's a trek from north to south in Wales, and the longest stage of the race. There are three categorised climbs, and three intermediate sprints, the last of which comes at Newbridge-on-Wye, eight kilometres before the finish. The race ends at the Royal Welsh Agricultural Showground in Builth Wells, and will be won by a breakaway or a bunch sprint. Read about Stage 4, Tour of Britain 2016.
Stage 5 of the Tour of Britain 2016 is 194.5km from Aberdare to Bath. The day begins in Wales, and there's a sprint at Usk. The riders head into the Forest of Dean, and they climb Speech House Road. The race heads on to Gloucester, then turns south for a sprint at Stroud, and the climb of Selsley Hill. The final intermediate sprint is at Pucklechurch, then it's on to the finish in Bath. Read about Stage 5, Tour of Britain 2016.
Stage 6 of the Tour of Britain 2016 is 150km from Sidmouth to Haytor, in Dartmoor. It starts on the Esplanade in Sidmouth, and the first climb comes shortly after Ottery St Mary. There's a sprint at Tiverton, then a climb of Cadbury Hill, followed by a sprint at Crediton. The route cuts through Dartmoor for the first time, before a climb to Haldon Belvedere. The final sprint is at Chudleigh, then it's back into Dartmoor for an uphill finish, from Bovey Tracey to Haytor. Read about Stage 6, Tour of Britain 2016 here Read about Stage 6, Tour of Britain 2016.
Stage 7 of the Tour of Britain 2016 is a double stage in Bristol, with an individual time trial in the morning, and a circuit race in the afternoon. The route starts on Bristol Downs, and leads to the river Avon, over the Clifton Suspension Bridge, then on to Ashton Gate, and as far as Bedminster Bridge on the far side of the river. Then it crosses the bridge, comes back along the Avon, and climbs Bridge Valley Road to return to the start/finish line. Read about Stage 7, Tour of Britain 2016.
Stage 8 of the Tour of Britain 2016 is a circuit race in London, with 16 laps of a loop in the centre of the city, starting and finishing on Regent Street. The route is up Regent Street and back, along the Strand and back, down Whitehall and back, then to the line on Regent Street again. Trafalgar Square is at the heart of the circuit. The racing is from 2.30 to 4.30pm. Read about Stage 8, Tour of Britain 2016.
This is the detailed race manual for the 2016 Tour of Britain.
21st August 2016
Mark Cavendish is to ride the Tour of Britain 2016, his first race since the Olympic Games. He is joined by Dimension Data teammate Steve Cummings at the start in George Square, Glasgow, on Sunday 4th September, and one of his main rivals in the sprints will be André Greipel (Lotto Soudal). Read about Cavendish to ride the Tour of Britain 2016.
The World Tour teams taking part in the Tour of Britain 2016 are bringing some star riders with them. This is the provisional Tour of Britain 2016 start list.
Olympic time trial silver medallist Tom Dumoulin is the team leader for Giant Alpecin. Giant Alpecin's line-up also includes Roy Curvers and Ramon Sinkeldam (who both rode the 2016 Tour de France), plus young riders Jochem Hoekstra, Max Tusveld, and Max Walscheid.
Mark Cavendish is supported by lieutenants Bernie Eisel and Mark Renshaw. Steve Cummings will look to bag a stage win, perhaps from a breakaway. The other team members are Jay Robert Thomson and Johann van Zyl.
Young sprinter Caleb Ewan will battle it out with Cavendish, Greipel, Viviani, and Groenewegen for stage wins. His support team includes Australian Alex Edmondson.
A strong Sky line-up includes sprinters Elia Viviani, Danny van Poppel, and Ben Swift, 2016 Tour de France riders Ian Stannard and Wout Poels, and veteran Nicolas Roche.
Player-manager rides alongside teammates including Sky-bound Owain Doull, and Jonathan Dibben.
The Etixx Quick-Step line-up includes Irishman Dan Martin and German time trial specialist Tony Martin. All their other riders are also called Martin too (joke).
A strong Great Britain line-up includes national road race champion Adam Blythe, and Sky-bound Tao Geoghegan Hart.
British national time trial champion Alex Dowsett rides for Movistar, and amongst the other team members is Gorka Izaguirre.
Lotto Soudal have André Greipel and Tony Gallopin in their team.
Rohan Dennis and Taylor Phinney both ride for BMC.
Sprinter Dylan Groenewegen (who took part in the 2016 Tour de France) leads this Dutch team.
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