The popular Tour of Britain cycling event will once again pass through Wrexham next month.
This year’s event kicks off in Liverpool on Sunday 7th September and will see the tour pass through parts of Wales, Bristol, Exeter and Liverpool before reaching the final stage in London.
The Tour will pass through Wrexham on Monday 8th September as part of the ‘Stage Two’, which will see the cyclists travel from Knowsley from Llandudno.
On their route to Llandudno, the cyclists will follow a similar route to last year, passing through Holt, Bangor-On-Dee, Marchwiel and the town centre, before heading off through Rhosddu, Llay and Cefn-y-Bedd (full map / route details can be found on the Tour Of Britain website here)
It is estimated the cyclists will arrive in Farndon at 12:08 and in the town centre (St Giles Way) at 12:31, however we recommend getting there earlier! Traffic will also be slowed down in the area 15 minutes before the cyclists are due to arrive.
Although the event is fast moving, thousands lined the streets across Wrexham last year to cheer on the cyclists – with many hoping (and succeeding) in catching a glimpse of Sir Bradley Wiggins.
The final list of teams for the 2014 Friends Life Tour of Britain has been confirmed, revealing the 20 squads who will be racing for the Friends Life Yellow Jersey this September.
Leading the way are ten teams who raced in last month’s Tour de France, including Team Sky, who won the 2013 Tour of Britain with Sir Bradley Wiggins, and who, according to his team, is in contention to defend his title this September.
Joining them will be a further seven UCI Pro Teams from the sport’s top level, including the team currently ranked number one in the world, Movistar Team. In total six of the world’s top 10 teams will participate, with four of the top five ranked squads competing.
The Friends Life Tour of Britain gets underway in Liverpool on Sunday 7 September, finishing eight days later in central London, with 120 riders taking the start in the opening city centre stage at 14:15. All eight days will feature both live coverage and highlights on ITV and British Eurosport.
Domestically, the Great Britain national team are joined by the UK’s five UCI Continental squads, led by Pearl Izumi Tour Series Champions Rapha Condor JLT, and debutants NFTO Pro Cycling, who won the 1.HC ranked RideLondon single-day event last weekend with Adam Blythe, and who currently lead British Cycling’s Elite Road Series team classification.
Two further teams will be making their debuts in Britain’s biggest free to spectate live annual sporting event – UCI Pro Team BMC Racing and UCI Pro Continental squad Team Novo Nordisk, a global all diabetes professional cycling team.
For those who came out to watch the event last year, you can relive our coverage here. Likewise if you didn’t turn out, you can have a nose at what to expect this year!
The full list of Tour of Britain stages and dates can be found listed below.
The Friends Life Tour of Britain 2014:
Stage One – Sunday 7 September – Liverpool
Stage Two – Monday 8 September – Knowsley to Llandudno
Stage Three – Tuesday 9 September – Newtown to the Tumble
Stage Four – Wednesday 10 September – Worcester to Bristol
Stage Five – Thursday 11 September – Exmouth to Exeter
Stage Six – Friday 12 September – Bath to Hemel Hempstead
Stage Seven – Saturday 13 September – Camberley to Brighton
Stage Eight a – Sunday 14 September – London individual time trial, presented by TfL
Stage Eight b – Sunday 14 September – London circuit race, presented by TfL