The Tour of Britain opens on a 163.6 kilometres route from Altrincham to the finish on Deansgate in Manchester city centre. No time to dillydally, as the 1st stage includes almost 2,000 metres of climbing.
The 2nd stage is definitely sprinters material. Merely 109.9 kilometres long and the elevation gain does not exceed 800 metres. Both start and finish are in Wrexham.
Stage 3 is even flatter, as it’s 45 kilometres longer and there’s less climbing to do. The start is in Goole and the finish in Beverley.
The 4th stage sets off from the Sherwood Forest visitor centre near Edwinstowe to arrive 166.6 kilometres later in Newark-on-Trent, where Fernando Gaviria sprinted to victory six years ago. The route takes in an altitude gain of almost 1,000 metres.
The 5th stage comprises a loop north of start and finish venue Felixstowe. At 192.4 kilometres it’s the longest race of the entire Tour of Britain, while the elevation gain does not exceed 1,000 metes.
At 146.2 kilometres, the 6th stage of the Tour Britain travels on flat to rolling terrain from Southend-on-Sea to Harlow. Again, a bunch sprint is the most likely outcome.
The GC action is, with two hilly endeavours in a row, saved for the final weekend. Adding up to 170.9 kilometres, the 7th stage goes from Tewkesbury to Gloucester. The riders are to conquer 1,841 vertical metres.
The final stage of the Tour of Britain is a lumpy test of 166.8 kilometres with an elevation gain of 2,500 metres. The last 15 kilometres feature a double ascent of Caerphilly Mountain – 1.7 kilometres at 8.3% – before the finale is a flying descent into Caerphilly.
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