Tour of Britain 2018 Route stage 3: Bristol - Bristol
Tuesday, 4 September 2018 - Stage 3 on the Tour of Britain amounts to merely 125 kilometres. The out-and-back leg starts in Bristol to head into the North Somerset hills, while the finale sends the riders up the steep ramps towards Clifton Down.
Short and promising, that’s the 3rd stage of the Tour of Britain in a nutshell. The race basically starts on descent and following a flat section the route climbs Cuck Hill and Cheddar Gorge in quick succession. The route continues as a false flat to the highest point of the day before the route takes a more gentle, slightly undulating character. Yet, the finale is not gentle at all.
Ashton Hill is the last KOM of the day. The 1 kilometre climb goes uphill at an average slope of 8.6%, while the hill is crested with only 7 kilometres remaining. The route drops to the base of the steep ramps towards the Clifton Down. With 2.9 kilometres out the route climbs for 1 kilometre at 7% before the last 1.9 kilometres are flat.
Positioning is crucial at the bottom of the short, stiff climb to the Downs. You have to be in the first row when you hit the contorted 180 degrees left-hander underneath the Clifton suspension bridge, where the haul up begins. In 2014, Michal Kwiatkowski won the sprint of a shattered first group on this arrival, Rohan Dennis soloed to victory after a late attack in 2016.
The first three riders on the line take time bonuses of 10, 6 and 4 seconds, while the intermediate sprints (at kilometre 17, at kilometre 69, and at kilometre 104) come with 3, 2 and 1 seconds.
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