The route for the 2016 edition of the Tour of Britain, British Cycling’s premier road cycling event, has been launched this evening [Thursday 25 February] with the race once again concluding at the heart of London on Sunday 11 September.

The race, which will start in Glasgow on Sunday 4 September, will feature stages in the Lake District, Wales and the South West of England, including a summit finish at Haytor in Devon, before the traditional fast-paced final day in London.

The 2016 London Stage presented by Transport for London will use the same circuit as in 2015 which proved highly popular with spectators and riders alike.

""Focused on Regent Street, Trafalgar Square, the Strand and Whitehall, the stage will repeat the finish on Regent Street St James’s just below Piccadilly Circus.
 
Ben Plowden, Director of Surface Strategy and Planning at TfL, said: “We’re delighted to welcome the Tour of Britain back to London for what we’re sure will be a thrilling finish. Cycling is growing at an astonishing rate in the Capital, and I’m sure the sight of the world’s best cyclists circling central London and another thrilling finish on Regent Street St James’s will inspire even more.”

Commenting on the return of the race, Annie Walker, Director of the Regent Street Association said; “We’re delighted to welcome back the Tour of Britain to Regent Street following the success of last year’s event. The unique combination of a cycle race and shopping not only delighted our regular visitors, it also brought new audiences to the street and created a visual spectacle not seen before.  We look forward to this year’s Tour of Britain.”

""Sarah Porter, Heart of London Business Alliance, said; “We are very excited to be having such a prestigious race going through our area within London’s West End again, with the world’s media watching.  It is a great opportunity to have the spotlight on our world famous landmarks, like Piccadilly Circus, whilst generating an amazing buzz in the area. We are working very closely with our partners at Westminster City Council, Transport for London and the Tour of Britain team to make this a spectacular event which benefits not only the race itself, but the spectators and the businesses.” 

Ruth Duston, Chief Executive of The Northbank BID, said “Iconic areas of London will be the perfect backdrop for the high-speed finish of the Tour of Britain. Like the Champs-Elysées for the Tour de France, the Strand is part of an exciting end to the Tour and Northbank is proud to play host to this exceptional event.”

Commenting on this year’s Tour of Britain, Race Director Mick Bennett said; “It is fitting that the Tour of Britain will once again finish in the heart of London, using the circuit that proved to be so popular with fans and riders alike in 2015.  We were able to showcase the unique setting of Regent Street, the Heart of London and the Northbank with the route past so many world-famous sights.

“We are working with our partners at Transport for London to build upon the success of last year’s stage and to use the final stage as a platform to celebrate cycling in London.”

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The Tour of Britain has regularly finished annually in London with a number of the world’s top sprinters such as Mark Cavendish, Andre Greipel and Marcel Kittel all taking victories in the capital.  In 2015 Elia Viviani of Team Sky won the final stage, as Edvald Boasson Hagen took the overall Yellow Jersey.

Jonny Clay, British Cycling director of cycle sport and membership, said:

“We are proud to announce the 2016 route for Britain’s national tour. Every year the Tour of Britain offers a chance for the public to see some of the world’s best road riders racing through their local area. Last year’s race had a bit of everything; fast flat sections, rolling roads and a great hill top finish which led to exciting racing for the competitors and fans alike. This year’s route has all the same ingredients, so promises to be a great event.”  

For the fifth successive year fans can look forward to enjoying daily live coverage of all eight stages on ITV4, with the channel broadcasting a three-hour live programme from each stage, plus one-hour of highlights every evening during the race.

The Tour of Britain is British Cycling’s premier road cycling event giving cycling fans the opportunity to see the world’s best teams and riders competing on their door step.

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