TOUR OF BRITAIN 2022 STAGE MAP REVEALED WITH DRAMATIC UPHILL FINISH AT THE NEEDLES
This year’s Tour of Britain cycle race will conclude with a dramatic uphill battle at The Needles here on the Isle of Wight, with full details of the race route now confirmed. Building on the success of last year’s race, which saw the overall lead change hands 5 times in 8 days, the battle for victory in the 2022 edition looks set to go down to the final pedal strokes once again. That battle will be fought out here on the Isle of Wight on Sunday 11th September for what is set to become the biggest-ever sporting event the Island has ever seen.
100 riders will complete a gruelling 150km race including more than 5,900ft of climbing.
It was back in February that Island Echo reported the rumours that the final stage of the Tour would end in the West Wight at the iconic beauty spot. Now, it has been confirmed by race organisers that the race – and the Tour – will culminate with a 2km climb up to Tennyson Down, the final 400 metres of which average a gradient of 9.6%, making it the toughest ending to any Tour of Britain in modern history. Competitors will start in Ryde before heading through Nettlestone, St Helens, Bembridge and into Sandown before heading up onto The Downs and into Arreton.
The race will then go through Merstone, Rookley and Blackwater into Newport and onwards to Cowes via Gunville. The action then continues West to Porchfield, Shalfleet, Yarmouth, Totland before heading east along Middle Road to Brighstone and Shorwell. That’s not all though… competitors will then have to face Godshill, Shanklin, Ventnor, Whitwell and Niton before joining Military Road en route to Freshwater Bay and the uphill finish at The Needles.
Fans will be able to catch the race in multiple locations owing to the way it loops around the Island, allowing sufficient travel time from one spot to another. The racing action is expected to start at around 10:00 and continue until 16:00. For most of the route, a rolling road closure will be in place.
This means the roads will only be closed temporarily, usually between 15 and 40 minutes ahead of the race passing through.
Additional on street parking restrictions will be introduced along the route for the duration of the race and further detailed information will be made available in due course. Mick Bennett, Tour of Britain race director, has said:
“As promised when we unveiled the Tour of Britain’s host regions in February, this year’s race features a number of surprises, none more so than hill-top finishes to start and end the eight days of world-class competition. Creating a route that encourages aggressive racing and brave tactics from day one will enhance the reputation of the race, leave the one million plus spectators watching on in person for free with long-lasting memories, showcase the stunning beauty of our host venues, and repeatedly entertain a worldwide audience.”
ITV4 will continue to broadcast live flag-to-flag coverage of every stage, as well as a nightly highlights show, allowing fans in the UK to watch wherever they are.
The race will also be shown in over 150 countries worldwide, in part thanks to the event’s partnerships with Eurosport and the Global Cycling Network.
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This year’s Tour of Britain will start in Aberdeen on Sunday 4th September before travelling to Hawick, Durham, Redcar, West Bridgford, Teweksbury, West Bay in Dorset and then to Ryde.
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