25 Mar, 12:27
Following on from last week's launch of the 2015 Friends Life Tour of Britain, Brendan Gallagher spoke to Race Director Mick Bennett to find out more about this September's route.
The Tour of Britain is British Cycling's premier road cycling event and the UK's biggest professional bicycle race and largest annual free-to-spectate live sporting event. Attracting over a million spectators to the roadside each September, with many hundreds of thousands more following via television and online around the world, the Tour of Britain is a centrepiece of the British sporting calendar.
With a history dating back to the early 1950s under various names and guises, the modern iteration of the Tour of Britain returned to the calendar in 2004, after a five-year absence. The race quickly re-established itself as the main cycling event in Britain and a cornerstone of the UK's sporting calendar, celebrating the tenth modern edition in 2013, with Britain's first Tour de France winner Sir Bradley Wiggins winning his home Tour.
To find out more about the previous editions of the Tour of Britain, click on the links to find out the stage winners and the story of each race.