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The Tour of Britain 2013: Begin on September 15, 2013


The Tour of Britain 2013
The Tour of Britain 2013 - Sports Jagat
Surrey has grabbed more cycling prestige with the news it is to host the penultimate stage of this year’s Tour of Britain event.

The Tour of Britain, the UK's biggest professional bike race, will see competitors pedal 96 miles through the county on Saturday, September 21.

First time, Surrey hosted the final stage of the event, last year - hot on the heels of hosting the Olympic road cycling races and time trials.

One bad news for local cycling fans is: this year starting line of the event will move to Epsom. This year's route will take in Mole Valley district and pass through towns and villages including Leatherhead, Dorking, Holmbury St Mary, Cranleigh, Woking, Elstead and Farnham.

The event will finish as it did last year with a final climb up Guildford High Street.

The rider line-up has not yet been announced but previous competitors include former world champion and Tour de France stage winner Mark Cavendish, and Olympic gold medalist and Tour de France winner Sir Bradley Wiggins.

This year’s Surrey stage is being billed as being tougher than last year's with daunting climbs over the first half of the race before some flat-out sprints in the run up to Guildford. The King of the Mountain climbs and sprint locations will be announced in May.

John Furey, Surrey County Council’s cabinet member for transport and environment, said: “This will be the second year running Surrey has welcomed the Tour of Britain and once again the bone- juddering Guildford High Street will prove a scintillating finish for both riders and spectators.”

Coun Furey said: “We proved last year with the Olympic cycle races and the Tour of Britain that Surrey is adept at hosting high-profile sporting events. “There is a huge appetite for cycling in Surrey and I have no doubt our county will be the highlight of the Tour. “Record numbers in the event’s history turned out in Surrey last year - some 225,000.”

Hugh Roberts, chief executive of The Tour of Britain, said: “As a Surrey based company we are delighted to once again have a home stage, particularly one with such an iconic finish as Guildford.”

He said: “Surrey will once again provide a perfect backdrop for the Tour as it draws towards the conclusion of the 2013 race.”

Last year’s Tour of Britain generated almost £7.2 million for Surrey’s economy, and was watched by almost one million television viewers on each of the event’s eight days. This year’s race will again be televised.

The Tour of Britain 2013 will begin in Scotland on September 15, and end in London on September 22.

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