The Tour of Britain will return to Devon after a year’s absence this September. Stage Six will see the world’s top teams and riders racing from Sidmouth on the East Devon coast to the summit of Haytor on Dartmoor.

Dartmoor hosts the only summit finish of the 2016 edition of British Cycling’s premier road cycling event on Friday 9 September.

World class riders will compete on a proposed route of just over 150-kilometres, taking in the likes of Ottery St Mary, Honiton, Tiverton, Crediton and Moretonhampstead, before the six kilometre climb to Haytor from Bovey Tracey.

It will almost be a repeat of the 2013 stage between the two locations, when Haytor became the first summit finish of the Tour of Britain. The climb now also bears the honour of being the first summit finish to be repeated.

In 2013 the Devon stage, on the race’s 10th anniversary event, was so successful 250,000 spectators turned out and generated almost £5.9m of additional spending in the county. 

And the last time the Tour visited Devon was in 2014 when the stage started in Exmouth – and that generated more than £6m for the local economy.

Councillor Stuart Hughes, Devon County Council’s Cabinet Member for Highway Management, and the local County member for Sidmouth Sidford said: “The Devon Stages in 2013 and 2014 were unforgettable occasions. Record breaking crowds turned out across the county and boosted the local economy by almost £12m.

""“This year’s stage promises to provide another great show case for our beautiful county as a premier destination for cycling tourism.

“We’re proud that Devon will be a key feature of the race, providing the only summit finish of the 2016 edition and the Tour were so impressed with the atmosphere and organisation of the Sidmouth start in 2013 that they didn’t hesitate in wanting to return”

“Thanks must also go to East Devon and Teignbridge District Councils and Sidmouth Town Council for their financial support towards the event.”

It will be the ninth time in ten years the Tour has visited Devon with the county hosting starts and finishes of Britain’s biggest cycle race annually between 2009 and 2014. Over the past eight Devon stages around 1.25million people have watched the race in Devon along the various Stage routes around the country and it has brought in around £33m to the local economy.

Commenting on the return to Devon, Tour of Britain Race Director Mick Bennett said;

“The return of the Tour of Britain to Devon after a year away has been much anticipated and we look forward to reacquainting the teams and riders with the summit finish at Haytor that proved so popular in 2013. The climb will once again be a key moment in this year’s route, and coming again on a Friday afternoon, is going to see thousands of cycling fans descending upon Dartmoor to witness the drama first-hand.

“We have worked with our partners at Devon County Council to create a route that is challenging for the riders, picturesque for the worldwide television pictures and takes in a number of towns and communities to bring the Tour of Britain to as many fans as possible.”

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Councillor Iain Chubb, East Devon District Council’s Portfolio holder for the Environment, said: “East Devon’s stunning Jurassic Coast, which is a designated World Heritage Site, is a fantastic platform for showcasing the best of our beautiful district. People can enjoy the spectacle of top class professional cyclists battling for position, against a backdrop of our wonderful countryside and historic towns and villages.”

Councillor Jeremy Christophers, the Leader of Teignbridge District Council, said: "Teignbridge is a pro-cycling district, welcoming the Tour of Britain back to the finish at the summit of Haytor Rocks will be a great moment to complete a fantastic Summer of sport and cultural events in South Devon. We already have the Radio 1 Big Weekend and Academies in early Summer, followed by the Devon Games to Inspire and culminated with the Tour of Britain. Brilliant!"

""Dartmoor National Park Authority Chairman, Peter Harper said "It’s great to see the Tour returning to Devon and especially to Dartmoor with what we hope will be another exciting hill-top finish at Haytor.  "In 2013 the event was enjoyed by huge numbers of visitors, the riders loved it and the feedback from the organisers was fantastic. "It also provided a real boost to the local economy with many businesses benefitting from additional trade and accommodation providers reported being fully booked."

The Tour of Britain will begin in Glasgow on Sunday 4 September and finish in the heart of London on Sunday 11 September, including stages in the Lake District, Wales and Bath and Bristol.

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.

Chain Reaction Cycles continue their partnership with the race and sponsorship of the Chain Reaction Cycles Points Classification, won in 2015 by Team WIGGINS’ Owain Doull, while UK parcel carrier Yodel will continue to sponsor the daily intermediate YodelDirect Sprints classification, which Peter Williams of ONE Pro Cycling won last September.

ŠKODA remain official car suppliers and sponsors of the King of the Mountains jersey, also won by Williams in 2015.

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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