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he Tour of Britain comes to Dartmouth on Saturday 15th September and thousands of spectators are expected to turn out for the penultimate stage of the race. Devon County Council will host Stage Seven of this year’s Tour and as one of the toughest stages over the eight day race, organisers believe De- von could prove decisive in who wins the IG Markets Gold Jersey overall. The Devon Stage will cover 106 miles (170.7km) of the county, starting in Barnstaple and heading through Dartmoor National Park on its way to the spectacular finish on Dartmouth’s Embankment. Team Sky, who boast Britain’s first ever Tour de France Yellow Jersey win- ner Bradley Wiggins and road race World Champion Mark Cavendish among its ranks, will be competing in The Tour. They will be joined by six other British teams - Endura Racing, Team IG–Sigma Sport, Rapha Condor, Team Raleigh–GAC, Node4–Gior-


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dana Racing, and Team UK Youth. Other international squads include Liquigas – Cannondale, who have named former Giro d’Italia winner Ian Basso in their provisional line-up, Garmin Sharp, Orica Greenedge, Va- cansoleil DCM, Team NetApp, United Healthcare Pro Cycling, and AN Post Sean Kelly.


Bradley Wiggins and road race World Champion Mark Cavendish...will be competing in The Tour


Councillor Stuart Hughes, Devon County Council Cabinet Member for Highways and Transportation, said: “We are the only South West stage in The Tour this year so hopefully specta- tors from Somerset, Cornwall and Dorset, as well as further afield, will make the journey to Devon to watch the race. Last year was the first time that we had hosted a complete stage in the county and it was a great suc-


Devon rider Jon Tiernan Locke on his way to taking maximum Skoda King of the Mountains points


on all 3 climbs on Dartmoor last year.


cess – and as we’re the penultimate stage this year we could see the race won or lost in Devon.


“The race will cover almost the entire length of the county, from north to south, which is great news for our local communities and our local econ- omy. Following hot on the heels of the Olympic Games, I’m sure there will be even more excitement about this year’s Tour and it should attract huge numbers of spectators who will have a chance to see why we’re a premier destination for cycling tourism.” South Hams District Council and


Dartmouth Town Council are working closely with Devon County Council on the Devon Stage. Councillor Jonathan Hawkins, Coun- ty Councillor for Dartmouth and South Hams District Councillor, said: “We are very much looking forward to the Tour of Britain coming to Dartmouth, it is a very important event and we will give everyone a BIG Dartmouth welcome.”


Peloton on Dartmoor.


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