Thomas, Froome to compete in Tour of Britain

Rex Christensen
August 19, 2018

'I always remember there being a great atmosphere and the race has only got bigger over the years.

Tour de France champion Geraint Thomas and Giro d'Italia victor Chris Froome will ride together in the OVO Energy Tour of Britain for the first time since 2009, Team Sky have announced. He finished sixth overall in 2009 and wore the British Road Race Champion's jersey during the race in 2010, while his seventh-placed finish in the 2017 edition also saw him crowned the Adnams Best British Rider.

Councillor Stuart Hughes, Devon County Council's Cabinet Member for Highways, said: "It's fantastic news that this Tour of Britain will see the biggest names in cycling like Froome and Thomas compete".

Froome will ride his first Tour of Britain since 2009, with the six-time Grand Tour victor making a rare appearance of any kind in a British race. "It starts in Wales which will be special, and then I get to go and race across the whole of the United Kingdom". "I'm really looking forward to coming back".

Following the start in Wales, this year's race will take riders into the West Country and up to Cumbria before returning to its regular finishing circuit in central London on September 9.

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"The Vuelta a Espana has always been such a big goal and sadly coincided with the Tour of Britain, but not doing La Vuelta this year gives me the chance to come back to the United Kingdom and race on what looks like a great parcours". 'But not doing the Vuelta this year gives me the chance to come back to the United Kingdom and race on what looks like a great parcours'.

Spectator areas will be set up at key areas of each stage - for more information on these, and timetables of when you can expect the pelaton to fly past your location, head to tourofbritain.co.uk/stages/.

Stage 3 is being described as a "short, sharp, out-and-back leg" into the North Somerset hills, including a climb of Cheddar Gorge. Competitors will carry on to the end of the first stage of the race in Newport via Llanbadoc and Llangybi.

Its 183.5 kilometres makes it the second longest stage of this year's Tour - from Nuneaton to Royal Leamington Spa.

They will be joined by Dutchman Wout Poels, himself a three-time stage victor in the race, including the hill-top finishes at Hartside and Haytor. "Hosting events like the OVO Energy Tour of Britain helps boost Monmouthshire's deserved reputation as the cycling capital of Wales".

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