The 1st stage of the Tour of Britain takes place in South Wales. Against the backdrop of Pembrey Country Park the riders take on a lumpy course to Newport. Three intermediate KOM-climbs and the punchy Belmont Hill is the last one with its crest less than 10 kilometres out.
Stage 2 travels from Cranbrook to Barnstaple on rolling terrain, while the 3rd stage starts and finishes in Bristol. The finale takes the riders up the steep ramps towards the Clifton Downs – a place where Michal Kwiatkowski and Rohan Dennis powered to the win in the editions of 2014 and 2016 respectively .
The 4th stage is played out on a flat to undulating route between Nuneaton and Royal Leamington Spa before the 5th stage will be a challenging team time trial. The course amounts to merely 14 kilometres, yet is pepped up by the long drag up to Whinlatter Pass (western side).
The pass returns in stage 6 – not once, but twice. Following the start in Barrow-in-Furness the riders tackle intermediate climbs up Hawkshead Hill, Dunmail Raise, Whinlatter Pass and Fangs Brow only to return to the foot of Whinlatter Pass. The race heads up the tough eastern side, which is 3 kilometres and averaging 7%. Summit finish!
Stage 7 travels from West Bridgford to Mansfield and, at 223 kilometres, it is the longest course of the 2018 Tour of Britain. The route is predominantly flat, although the finale features some lumpy stretches. The 8th stage takes place on the traditional 14-lap circuit around the centre of London.
Tour of Britain 2018: Route map, height profiles, and more
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