With the Olympics now done and dusted, the attentions of
This year’s Tour, which is part of the Mayor’s Summer of Cycling, promises to be a vintage race, with many of
This year the Tour of Britain is starting in the capital, and will see 96 professional cyclists race 86km on a 8.6km circuit that takes in some of London’s most iconic sites – including Big Ben, Cleopatra’s Needle, Somerset House and the Tower of London.
Boris Johnson, the Mayor of London, said: “It’s a terrifically exciting time for cycle sports at the moment, and we’re incredibly lucky that we will be able to watch the British cycling team racing on the streets of our great city.”
Mick Bennett, technical director of the Tour of Britain, said: “Following on from what has been a fantastically successful Olympics for our cyclists, stage one of the Tour of Britain will give people the chance to see medal winning members of the British team in action.
“It’ll also be a chance to welcome home Mark Cavendish after his brilliant performance at the Tour de France, while last year’s Tour of Britain winner Romain Feillu, who wore the yellow jersey earlier in the Tour de France, will be back to defend his title.
“I fully expect the stage to come down to an exciting bunch sprint, and both these riders will be vying for victory on the banks of the Thames.”