The flat route is tailor made for fast finishers. The circuit race in the heart of London is played out on the same laps as the final stages of the 2015 and 2016 editions of the Tour of Britain. Elia Viviani and Caleb Ewan won these stages respectively, while Marcel Kittel won the London-race in 2014 and Mark Cavendish in 2013.
Following the start on Regent Street St James, the peloton passes through Piccadilly Circus, Trafalgar Square, Strand and Whitehall before it is likely to come down to a bunch sprint on the same place where the race started: Regent Street St James.
Last year, the Tour of Britain concluded with a hilly race from Worcester to Cardiff. Edvald Boasson Hagen won the sprint ahead of Maximiliano Richeze and Alexander Kristoff.
The first three riders on the line take time bonuses of 10, 6 and 4 seconds, while the intermediate sprints (at kilometre 22, at kilometre 44, and at kilometre 66) come with 3, 2 and 1 seconds.
Tour of Britain 2018 stage 8: Route maps, height profiles, and more
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