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Tour of Britain 2014 route revealed

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This year's Tour of Britain will take off from Liverpool and finish with a split final stage in London, the organisers have revealed.

In between, the Tour will roll through Knowsley, Llandudno, Newton, the Tumble, Worcester, Bristol, Exeter, Bath, Hemel Hempstead and Brighton.

After what is a sprinters' stage in Liverpool on the opening day on 7 September and a second stage ending on the Llandudno sea front, stage three, seen as a potentially decisive stage, stays in Wales.

It starts in Newtown and features a summit finish on The Tumble after 150km through hilly landscape. The gruelling 6km climb has an average gradient of 7.2 per cent, which means even the strongest climbers in world cycling will find themselves tested.

Worcester sees the start of stage four which ends in Bristol, the race's first visit to the city in 15 years, before the riders cycle from Exmouth to Exeter via the climb of Haytor on stage five.

Stage six starts in Bath and ends in Hemel Hempstead before the riders face the longest stage in the modern race's history. The 220km whopper starts in Camberley and fittingly ends in Brighton, 20 years after the coastal city's hosting of the Tour de France.

The eight and concluding stage in London will be split. First, a 8.8km time-trial in the morning before an afternoon 10-lap 88.8km circuit around central London.

Scotland is not included in the 2014 route, but it is clear from the five-year agreement event organisers SweetSpot have with British Cycling to run the race,that the race will visit areas on a biennial basis. It is expected that Scotland and the east of England will feature in next year's race.

Nine WorldTour squads, including Team Sky, Omega Pharma – Quick-Step, Belkin, BMC, Cannondale, Garmin-Sharp, Movistar, Giant-Shimano and Tinkoff-Saxo, have confirmed they will be taking part in the race.

Mike Bennett, the race director, said: “With our toughest summit finish yet, an individual time-trial in London and several longer stages, this year's Tour of Britain has a varied and testing route that will present opportunities to a variety of riders.

"The route will again showcase some fantastic scenery, and combine major British cities with charming and picturesque towns and villages, as well as testing climbs, all of which will make for a memorable Tour."

Each of the stages will be broadcast live on British television.

2014 Tour of Britain schedule:

Stage 1: Sunday, September 7 - Liverpool city centre circuit – 130km

Stage 2: Monday, September 8 - Knowsley to Llandudno – 197km
Stage 3: Tuesday, September 9 - Newtown to The Tumble – 150km
 
Stage 4: Wednesday, September 10 - Worcester to Bristol – 182km
Stage 5: Thursday, September 11 - Exmouth to Exeter – 171km
Stage 6: Friday, September 12 - Bath to Hemel Hempstead – 203km

Stage 7: Saturday, September 13 - Camberley to Brighton – 220km

Stage 8a: Sunday, September 14 - London individual time trial – 8.8km

Stage 8b: Sunday, September 14 - London city centre circuit – 88.8km

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