Tour of Britain to travel through Ottery once again

Tour of Britain 2016 stage six from Sidmouth. Ref exb 36-16SH 7421 Picture: Simon Horn.

Tour of Britain 2016 stage six from Sidmouth. Ref exb 36-16SH 7421 Picture: Simon Horn. - Credit: Archant

The world’s best cyclists will be riding through the streets of Ottery once again when the Tour of Britain returns to Devon later this year.

Tour of Britain 2016 in Ottery St Mary

Tour of Britain 2016 in Ottery St Mary - Credit: Archant

The 113 mile route was announced at the national launch in London tonight (June 5) following news last month the competitions second stage would begin in Cranbrook.

Ottery featured in the 2016 tour and will once again be a designated King of the Mountain climb as riders approach Chineway Hill.

The route will then head into Honiton before travelling out to North Devon, ending in Barnstaple.

It is the twelfth time in 10 years the tour has come through Devon and millions of pounds are expected to be generated across the county.

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Councillor Stuart Hughes, cabinet member for highways management said: “Devon is synonymous with the Tour, this will be the twelfth time in ten years it has come to Devon, and each and every time the crowds have been treated to a thrilling stage and something different.

“2018 will be no exception – this year the race will go through South Molton’s Pannier Market, the first time in the modern era the tour has been routed through a building.

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“The list goes on and its free and generate millions for the local economy.”

The world’s best cycling teams have been invited to attend the event with the final list to be announced from July 16.

Devon County Council is hosting the race, supported by North Devon Council, East Devon District Council, Barnstaple and Cranbrook town councils.

See more in this week’s Herald.

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