Tour of Britain.

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Stage one of The Tour of Britain 2009, which will set off from Rochdale on Saturday 11th September, will finish in the spectacular seaside resort of Blackpool.

The Tour of Britain then heads south, with Stage Two starting and finishing in Stoke-on-Trent via a hard day’s racing through the scenic north Staffordshire countryside, including the infamous Gun Hill.

Stage Three visits Wales for the first time since 2004 and, after a tough stage the peloton will head up Constitution Hill before the finish in Swansea. From here the race moves onto the South West for stages Four and Five, scene of some of the race’s biggest crowds in 2008 and 2009.

From there the race moves onto to the east of England, visiting Norfolk for the very first time for Stage Six. This also happens to be the longest stage of this year’s race, taking in 189 kilometres across the county. The penultimate day of the race sees the peloton race from Suffolk’s Bury St Edmunds to Essex’s Colchester on a stage that could decide the winner of this year’s race.

The final day of racing will see the riders take on a brand new race circuit in the London borough of Newham, host borough for the London Olympic and Para-Olympic Games 2012, where the winner of the 2010 Tour of Britain will be crowned.

I’ll be there in stoke this weekend cheering and jeering. Let’s hope the weather holds out for it.

Words from CW.
More info here.

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