Tuesday, August 20, 2013
Sidmouth will go global when television crews capture the Tour of Britain’s 10th anniversary on camera next month.
The country’s biggest race is being screened on both ITV4 and British Eurosport after being successfully televised live for the first time last year.
Sidmouth is hosting the start of the sixth stage of the event on Friday, September 20, from where it will end in its first ever summit finish, on Haytor on Dartmoor.
Councillor Stuart Hughes, Devon County Council’s cabinet member for highways, said: “It’s a fantastic opportunity for millions of people worldwide to see Devon’s beautiful coast and moorland as well as our communities which will all provide a stunning backdrop to the stage.
“Hopefully this exposure will inspire people who watch the coverage to pay us a visit in future to discover what a great cycling county we are.”
As well as live coverage, both channels will also be broadcasting daily highlights.
In 2012, the Tour of Britain was shown in 124 countries worldwide to over 288 million homes.
Last year’s Devon stage generated more than £7.3million in the county in a record breaking year watched by more than 220,000 spectators along the route in Devon.
In the past seven years that Devon has featured in the race, it has brought in more than £21million to the local economy.