Sir Bradley Wiggins, winner of the Tour of Britain in 2013, will be the star attraction at this year’s race, which starts on Anglesey on Sunday. Here’s a look at some of the riders competing, as well as an overview of the stages.
With most teams having confirmed their line-ups for the race, the field will also include defending champion Dylan van Baarle of Cannondale-Garmin, Etixx-Quick Step’s Mark Cavendish, looking to add to his 10 stage wins, and Lotto-Soudal’s André Greipel, winner of four stages at the Tour de France in July.
Wiggins, the first British rider to win the Tour de France and a household name through that success and his four Olympic gold medals will be the star attraction, as he was at May’s inaugural Tour de Yorkshire, his first race with Team Wiggins.
The outfit is one of five British registered teams – others include Madison-Genesis and Raleigh GAC – which will race alongside some of the world’s top teams including a Ben Swift-led Team Sky as well as BMC Racing and Tinkoff-Saxo during the eight-day Tour.
From Wales, the race heads through north west England to the Scottish capital, Edinburgh, before heading down the east coast towards London and the finale a week on Sunday on a brand new circuit in the heart of the West End.
On the way, it will take in the toughest ever summit finish to feature in the race, at Hartside Fell, and details of that and all other stages, including spectator information and start and finish times, can be found on the Tour of Britain website.
Aviva Tour of Britain 2015 Stage 1 Sun 6 Sep Beaumaris, Anglesey to Wrexham, 177.7km Stage 2 Mon 7 Sep Clitheroe to Colne, 159.3km Stage 3 Tue 8 Sep Cockermouth to Floors Castle, Kelso, 216km Stage 4 Wed 9 Sep Edinburgh to Blyth, 217.4km Stage 5 Thu 10 Sep Prudhoe to Hartside, 166.2km Stage 6 Fri 11 Sep Stoke-on-Trent to Nottingham, 192.8km Stage 7 Sat 12 Sep Fakenham to Ipswich, 227.4km Stage 8 Sun 13 Sep London stage presented by TfL, 86.8km
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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.