Aberdeen never before hosted the Big Start of the Tour of Britain. After leaving Aberdeen city centre the riders head in northwesterly on a lumpy route. After moving through Kennethmont, just south of Huntly, the route turns south. Three climbs stand out in the first half of the race – Bennachie Forest (1.2 kilometres at 5.4%), Lord’s Throat (1 kilometre at 8.2%), and Suie Hill (1.9 kilometres at 8.7%).
Yet, the most important uphill action is saved for last. The climb up to the finish in Glenshee Ski Centre is 9.1 kilometres long and the average gradient sits at 4.8%.
Last year’s Tour of Britain finished in Aberdeen. Wout van Aert sprinted to triumph and took the GC, 6 seconds ahead of Ethan Hayter. By the way, the Belgian star also won the 1st stage in Bodmin.
The first three riders on the line gain time bonuses of 10, 6 and 4 seconds.
Another interesting read: results 1st stage 2022 Tour of Britain.
Tour of Britain 2022 – stage 1: route, profile, more
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