Cycling fans will be able to watch every moment of the OVO Energy Tour of Britain live this September as ITV4 screen all eight stages from Start to Finish in their entirety for the first time.
Thanks to ITV4 and OVO Energy fans won’t miss any of the action between Sunday 3 and Sunday 10 September, as the channel will have exclusive rights to the full live coverage of all eight days, with Matt Barbet and Yanto Barker once again presenting the coverage of Britain’s biggest professional cycle race.
County Lifestyle and Leisure Magazine and James Vincent Life will be covering Stage 8 – Worcester to Cardiff, keep an eye out on our Social Media and Websites for updates during the day.
The city of Worcester will host the start of the final stage of the OVO Energy Tour of Britain this September, as the race finishes outside London for the first time in five years.
Stage Eight of Britain’s premier road cycling event on Sunday 10 September will start from the centre of Worcester, heading through Worcestershire to finish in Cardiff. The route through Worcestershire will include the likes of Pershore and Upton-upon-Severn, and cross the Malvern Hills at British Camp.
David Blake, Managing Director of Worcester City Council, said: “It’s fantastic news that Worcester is to host the start of the final stage of the Tour of Britain. This exciting race will bring thousands of people into our beautiful city to see the nation’s top cyclists in action – boosting our local businesses and inspiring people to get active.”
Jack Hegarty, Chief Executive/Managing Director of Malvern Hills District and Wychavon District Councils, said: “It is fantastic news that the Tour of Britain is returning to Worcestershire. Cycling is growing in popularity across the country and it will be a great opportunity to see some elite riders in action as well as showcase our beautiful part of the world.”
Professor David Green, Vice Chancellor and Chief Executive of the University of Worcester, which is sponsoring the Worcester stage, said: “We are delighted to be supporting cycling and Worcester. The University is consistently rated as one of the greenest in Britain. Promoting participation in cycling and sustainable transport is part of this. The University is known for its passionate, imaginative commitment to inclusion. Many of our students and staff work as sports coaches and educators on both a voluntary and professional basis with children, schools and clubs. Safe cycling throughout Worcester and Worcestershire is a cause well worth promoting and we are delighted to join our partners in the City and County in welcoming the Tour of Britain.”
Worcester businesses have also welcomed the news. Stuart Summers, co-owner of the Worcester Cycle Centre said: “I’m really pleased the Tour of Britain is coming to Worcester. It will help attract many people to the city centre and should have a positive effect on the local economy. Events such as this help to get more people of all ages in to cycling.”
A stage of the OVO Energy Tour of Britain last began in Worcester in 2014, when Michal Kwiatkowski won the leg ending in Bristol. The city has also previously hosted starts of the race in 2007 and 2008.
Worcester start 2007
Mick Bennett, Race Director of the OVO Energy Tour of Britain, said: “The city of Worcester has always provided the OVO Energy Tour of Britain with a warm welcome and large crowds and we are sure that will be no different this September. For a city outside of London to have the opportunity to host the start of the final stage is a rare privilege, which we know Worcestershire will fully embrace.”
OVO Energy, the UK’s top rated independent energy supplier was recently announced as the title sponsor of the Tour of Britain.
The OVO Energy 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, taking place between Sunday 3 and Sunday 10 September 2017.
The OVO Energy Tour of Britain, the UK’s premier road cycling race, will finish in Wales for the first time this September as Cardiff hosts the final stage on Sunday 10 September.
It will be just the fourth time since the race was revived in 2004, and the first time since 2012, that the OVO Energy Tour of Britain has finished outside of London, and coincides with Visit Wales’ Year of Legends.
Cardiff will welcome the OVO Energy Tour of Britain for the first time ever, with the 180-kilometre Stage Eight beginning in Worcester and passing through Monmouthshire and Newport, before finishing on King Edward VII Avenue, alongside Cardiff City Hall.
Full Stage ETAs and details of the intermediate SKODA King of the Mountains and Eisberg Sprints can be found in the interactive Google map at the top of this page.
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