Organisers have unveiled an unpredictable route for the 2018 OVO Energy Tour of Britain, according to race director Mick Bennett.
The race, which takes place from 2 to 9 September, will include a team time trial for the first time, as well as a summit finish on Whinlatter Pass in Cumbria on Stage Six.
The 1,140-kilometre route will take the riders from Pembrey Country Park on the Carmarthenshire coast in South Wales to the streets of Central London, via Devon, Bristol, Warwickshire, Cumbria and Nottinghamshire across eight stages of racing.
“This year we have worked hard to create an innovative and unpredictable route, with several surprises in store throughout the race,” said race director Mick Bennett. “Several stages have stings in the tail; climbs positioned towards the finale of stages one, two and three will keep the outcome up in the air until the very end.
“Our partners at Cumbria County Council have helped us to achieve something that we have been keen to do for a number of years on stage five – a team time trial that finishes atop Whinlatter Pass. This will be a test like no other, as teams will have to get their equipment choices and tactics spot on. The race may not be won here, but some riders could certainly lose it.
“In another first for the OVO Energy Tour of Britain, we return to the same climb the following day for a double ascent of our summit finish – although riders will tackle it during a conventional road stage, albeit from its harder eastern side!
“Add in stages in Warwickshire, Nottinghamshire and London, where we’ll build on the successes of last year’s OVO Energy Tour of Britain and OVO Energy Women’s Tour, I cannot wait for the start of September already!”
|Stage one||Sunday, September 2||Pembrey Country Park to Newport||175km|
|Stage two||Monday, September 3||Cranbrook to Barnstaple||174km|
|Stage three||Tuesday, September 4||Bristol to Bristol||125km|
|Stage four||Wednesday, September 5||Nuneaton to Royal Leamington Spa||183km|
|Stage five||Thursday, September 5||Cockermouth to Whinlatter Pass||14km (TTT)|
|Stage six||Friday, September 7||Barrow-in-Furness to Whinlatter Pass||169km|
|Stage seven||Saturday, September 8||West Bridgford to Mansfield||223km|
|Stage eight||Sunday, September 9||The London Stage||77km|