2018 OVO Energy Tour of Britain Race Guide

Tom Stewart heads up the JLT Condor Team for the 2018 OVO Energy Tour of Britain.
Winner of the Tour of Normandie this year, Tom Stewart has his eyes on the GC in one of the most challenging editions of the Tour of Britain for several years. Starting in South Wales, this year’s route takes in hilly terrain from stage one and is sure to see General Classification battles the whole way through the eight-day race.

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Alongside Stewart, Graham Briggs, who animated the 2017 Tour of Britain, will focus on breakaway success. After a year dominated by illness, Graham has come to form just in time for this year’s race after a spectacular win at Ryedale GP on Sunday.
Jon Mould – winner of Grand Prix des Marbriers, Ali Slater, Tom Moses and Edmund Bradbury complete the line up.

This year’s start list features some of the biggest names in the sport, with Tour de France winners Geriant Thomas and Chris Froome both riding in the Team Sky line up and 4th place in this years Tour de France, Primož Roglič, starting for Team LottoBL-Jumbo.

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Key Stages

All eyes will be on the TTT Stage 5 as the riders race against the clock on a narrow twisty course from Cockermouth to Whinlatter Pass. This Team Time Trial Hill Climb is a first for the Tour of Britain, and will certainly generate a lot of interest. One of the most technical disciplines in Pro Cycling, the TTT is sure to test the riders and will likely be key to the General Classification battle in the race.

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Stage 6 features a hill top finish up the 3km long Whinlatter Pass, with a gradient averaging 7%. Positioning will be key coming into this final climb – as surely there will be significant time gaps formed in these final kilometers.

The final stage will return to London for the iconic 14 lap city centre kermesse-style stage used in several previous editions of the race on Sunday 9th September. No other stage will offer such an opportunity to see a stage in its entirity from the roadside and get as close to the action as it happens.

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Where to Watch

There is no better place to watch the Tour of Britain than from the roadside, with a carnival atmosphere at both start and finish towns – or come to visit the JLT Condor Team as they warm up outside the motorhome before the stages.

Matt Barbet and Yanto Barker will present the coverage of Britain’s biggest professional cycle race everyday live, start to finish on ITV4. Eurosport will also be showing live coverage of the race in the UK.

The daily, hour-long highlights shows will also be available on catch-up via the ITV Hub for 30 days after.

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