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Stage towns include, Bristol, Exeter, Bath, Llandudno, Worcester & Brighton

The route of the 2014 Tour of Britain was unveiled this evening at Canary Wharf in London. As well as the Stage 1 circuit in Liverpool, revealed this morning, the race will also be visiting Bath and Brighton on an eight-day journey round the country that culminates in a double-header final day in London with an individual time trial followed by a road stage, as happened in 2011.

We'll bring you more later, but to start with, as the race raises its profile — this year, for the first time, it has UCI 2.HC status — there will be three hours of live TV coverage every day on ITV. Now that is something to look forward to.

Race director Mick Bennett says: "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.”

Jonny Clay, director of cyclesport at British Cycling, added: "This year's Tour of Britain is set to be the biggest and best yet and is a fantastic way to showcase the event's new, upgraded 2.HC status.

"The Tour of Britain will not only deliver on every level for cycling fans, giving them the opportunity to see the best teams and riders in the world competing on their door step, but it is also a great day out for people of all ages. Watching the race from the roadside is free, allowing thousands of spectators to get caught up in the excitement of the event passing through their city, town or village.”

Organisers have agreed with Transport for London that the Tour of Britain will finish in London for the next five years.

Here's the route:

Stage 1 Sun 7 Sep Liverpool
Stage 2 Mon 8 Sep Knowsley to Llandudno
Stage 3 Tue 9 Sep Newtown to the Tumble
Stage 4 Wed 10 Sep Worcester to Bristol
Stage 5 Thu 11 Sep Exmouth to Exeter
Stage 6 Fri 12 Sep Bath to Hemel Hempstead
Stage 7 Sat 13 Sep Camberley to Brighton
Stage 8a Sun 14 Sep London individual time trial, presented by TfL
Stage 8b Sun 14 Sep London circuit race, presented by TfL

 

Born in Scotland, Simon moved to London aged seven and now lives in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds with his miniature schnauzer, Elodie. He fell in love with cycling one Saturday morning in 1994 while living in Italy when Milan-San Remo went past his front door. A daily cycle commuter in London back before riding to work started to boom, he's been news editor at road.cc since 2009. Handily for work, he speaks French and Italian. He doesn't get to ride his Colnago as often as he'd like, and freely admits he's much more adept at cooking than fettling with bikes.

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Redvee [195 posts] 1 year ago
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10th & 12th September holiday request going in when I get in work tomorrow.

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mrmo [2019 posts] 1 year ago
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interested to see how exactly they get from Worcester to Bristol, could be a day off work for that one.

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gbscot1975 [14 posts] 1 year ago
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Really really disappointed that there's no scottish stage this year plus nothing North of Liverpool take it the orgainisers can't remember the lake stage last year with all the people lining honister.The last 2 Scottish starts have been amazing and have showed my kids up close what dad likes to watch on the TV for hours at a time. So in all just gutted they won't be coming close enough to take the kids.

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gbscot1975 [14 posts] 1 year ago
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Really really disappointed that there's no scottish stage this year plus nothing North of Liverpool take it the orgainisers can't remember the lake stage last year with all the people lining honister.The last 2 Scottish starts have been amazing and have showed my kids up close what dad likes to watch on the TV for hours at a time. So in all just gutted they won't be coming close enough to take the kids.

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joebee9870 [69 posts] 1 year ago
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What no SCOTLAND????

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don simon [722 posts] 1 year ago
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Thank heavens there's only one stage in the North West/North Wales to disrupt my work.

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graham_f [168 posts] 1 year ago
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Any news yet on which stages will be used for Tour Ride sportives this year? Really hoping for the Exeter stage, and it looks like it would be a good choice with the start and finish so close together. That's got to make the logistics easier!

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edd23 [47 posts] 1 year ago
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Nothing north of liverpool, what a joke, Tour of Britain, erh no it ain't !!

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bikecellar [268 posts] 1 year ago
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Tour of Britain ? NOT!!!!!! I know that you cannot please all of the people all of the time, but we have not had TOB in the North East for some years now, disappointed again.

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Dizzy [68 posts] 1 year ago
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Stage 7....Finishes in Brighton

I think I just pee'd my pants!  41

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crazy-legs [704 posts] 1 year ago
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Ah, the oh so predictable "nothing in [insert area of the country] therefore it's shit/it's not a Tour of Britain"

If you think you can negotiate with the dozens of parties responsible, find start and finish towns and a route that fits in with all the other myriad logistics of running the ToB, I'm sure Sweetspot would love to hear from you, there's probably a lucrative job for you.

I wonder if the TdF organisers get this in France when they announce the route of the Tour which will invariably miss out half the country...?

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Luminosity [76 posts] 1 year ago
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This is great news - it'll mean they finally have to fix some of the Devon roads.

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stumps [3186 posts] 1 year ago
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Agree with a lot of comments, its very poor that there are no routes for the North yet london gets 2 bloody stages, the whole thing stinks of back handers.

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TrimmDich [46 posts] 1 year ago
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Tour of Britain, shafting the places that helped support the race and get it upgraded.

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WolfieSmith [1246 posts] 1 year ago
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Gawd help us. I wonder if Brittany folk look at the TDF map each year and complain? I agree that the NE has been overlooked in recent years but the Lakes and Scotland have both had a pretty good deal over the past 3 years and it is still North Wales's turn.

Living just north of Liverpool with a cycle magazine to
fill I'm very happy. Straight out of bed to the race start both days and a lift back from Llandudno on stage 2. Suits us sir!

That brown envelope full of cash we slipped to Mick last year seemed to do the trick.

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MrGear [87 posts] 1 year ago
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I could have lent you a picture from last year if you couldn't find one for the article. In fact, help yourself: https://www.flickr.com/photos/rick01/9860133354/in/set-72157635732730096

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don simon [722 posts] 1 year ago
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Just wondering whether the ToB locations have been designed to fit around TdF visiting Yorkshire and Giro visting Ireland and why o why, all of a sudden, does Scotland want to be a part of Britain?  4

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stumps [3186 posts] 1 year ago
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MercuryOne wrote:

Gawd help us. I wonder if Brittany folk look at the TDF map each year and complain? I agree that the NE has been overlooked in recent years but the Lakes and Scotland have both had a pretty good deal over the past 3 years and it is still North Wales's turn.

Living just north of Liverpool with a cycle magazine to
fill I'm very happy. Straight out of bed to the race start both days and a lift back from Llandudno on stage 2. Suits us sir!

That brown envelope full of cash we slipped to Mick last year seemed to do the trick.

Dont get me wrong mate, the North East no more deserves it than any other area selected, what peeves me is that it always has to finish in london, why ?

Other than the traditional finish in Paris for the Tour, the other GT's dont always finish in the capital and neither do a lot of other country based tours. It's the same with football all the interntionals are at wembley. Anyway i hope its great race

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don simon [722 posts] 1 year ago
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Other than the traditional finish in Paris for the Tour, the other GT's dont always finish in the capital

La Vuelta traditionally finishes in Madrid, no? So that would leave the Giro that traditionally finishes in Milan for other reasons....

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dave atkinson [6145 posts] 1 year ago
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It doesn't always finish in London, it's finished in Glasgow and also Liverpool since being revived in 2004

the fact is, eight stages can't cover the whole of Britain and they never will.

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paulmcmillan [95 posts] 1 year ago
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Wow. "London" content = 7.

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crazy-legs [704 posts] 1 year ago
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what peeves me is that it always has to finish in london, why ?

Other than the traditional finish in Paris for the Tour, the other GT's dont always finish in the capital and neither do a lot of other country based tours.

Er, maybe because they've got an agreement with DfT/London to finish there for the next 5 years?

And you're talking rubbish, the Vuelta always finishes in Madrid (well OK, it has done for the last 20 years), the Giro has mostly always finished in Milan and there are loads of other week long Tours that have a dedicated finish town.

Celebrate it - 3 hrs of live coverage plus highlights every day. The fact that Britain, 10 years ago didn't even have a national tour, now it's the highest UCI classification, it's been won by British riders! So it doesn't pass your front door - that doesn't mean it's because of back handers or shady deals, it's just the logistics of running it. You can't take it everywhere every year.

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Simon_MacMichael [2443 posts] 1 year ago
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So having spoken face to face this evening with the people who make these decisions; they know that the route wouldn't please everyone, but they are committed to taking it back to Scotland, North of England, East Anglia etc in the next few years.

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mccrear [1 post] 1 year ago
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no real surprises about the london finish, and tbh it will almost certainly bring in the majority of sponsors, but always wondered why they don't make more of the UK landscape? Britain is pretty small and so transfers will never be THAT arduous. always thought 1 stage in any of; scotland, wales, NE/NW to start then at least 1 other of those areas in stage 2 and then snake down country with various landmarks/famous climbs in there? not going to throw toys out pram cos not a scottish stage this year, as last couple have been great, but don't see why it has to be such a small area covered. regardless of thoughts on route, the coverage, profile and participation is growing every year, which can only be a good thing.

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Sub5orange [89 posts] 1 year ago
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Vote no to independence and maybe there will a Scottish stage next year. If not there will be a need for a tour of Scotland. (-;

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martyntr [119 posts] 1 year ago
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Yay... still coming to Wales.. happy days  1

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RobeH [33 posts] 1 year ago
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day off for the bath to hemel hemestead stage  3

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joemmo [1146 posts] 1 year ago
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Before The North gets too huffy I'd just like to remind everyone about that little bike race in Yorkshire this July.

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badback [302 posts] 1 year ago
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As the man says you can't run a eight day stage race that will visit every corner of the UK.

I'm sure it will be back to the Peak District and Yorkshire in coming years so I'll have to put up with the Tour de France this year and the Tour of Yorkshire (Criterium International ?) in the subsequent few years.

East Anglia's got the TdF and the Womens Tour coming that way which other areas are not getting.

Isn't the Vuelta finishing in Santiago de Compostela this year BTW ?

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VeloPeo [300 posts] 1 year ago
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You've got to know that they've had a lot of crap from teams/riders about the transfers involved when it's covered the whole of the country in 8 days.

Reckon a more compact route like this is a sign of things to come - and it'll hopefully vary year on year,

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