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Cycle stars to tackle Dartmoor in Tour race; tour of britain will pass through tavistock and across moor.

Byline: AARON GREENAWAY & GUY HENDERSON news@plymouthherald.co.uk @Plymouth_Live

A STAR-studded line-up of top cycling talent will sprint through Tavistock, take on the hills of Dartmoor and wind its way through Devon and Cornwall countryside as the prestigious 2021 Tour of Britain gets underway this weekend.

Multiple Tour De France points winner Mark Cavendish, Tokyo medallists Wout Van Aert, Ethan Hayter and Rohan Dennis and UCI road world champion Julian Alaphilippe are among the riders comprising 20 different nationalities heading to Cornwall for the Tour of Britain, which starts in Penzance this Sunday, September 5, and sees riders take on stages across Britain throughout next week, ending in Aberdeen on Sunday, September 12.

The first stage ends in Bodmin, while the second stage takes place in

Devon on Monday, and passes through Tavistock and across Dartmoor. There is barely a flat mile in that 184km stage, which takes in the South Hams and Dartmoor before a sprint finish on the streets of Exeter.

Stage two, televised on ITV4, starts in Sherford in the South Hams at 11am on Monday. The hilly route makes its way through Yealmpton, Ermington and Avonwick to Totnes just before midday. Riders then head through Harbertonford and Halwell to Dartmouth, Stoke Fleming and the first 'King of the Mountains' (KOM) climb of the day at Strete.

The course then takes them to Slapton for the day's first intermediate sprint around 12.30pm, before heading to Stokenham, Chillington and Kingsbridge, where the second intermediate sprint will take place.

The route then takes in Ermington again before heading to Ivybridge, Cornwood, Yelverton and Tavistock, where the third and final intermediate sprint of the day will happen at around 1.50pm.

Riders will then climb on to Dartmoor for the second KOM climb at Rundlestone before heading through Princetown and tackling their third KOM climb to the Warren House Inn at around 2.30pm.

Moretonhampstead, Doccombe and Dunsford follow, before the route takes the peloton past Longdown and into Exeter. The finishing line for the day's final showdown will be in Queen Street.

The official race roadbook predicts the riders could finish at any time between 3.10pm and 4pm, depending on their speed during the course of the day.

Cavendish is the man with the most experience racing the Tour of Britain, and this will be his 11th start in the race.

He will be leading the lineup for the Deceuninck-Quick-Step team as he seeks to further expand on his record as winner of the most stages in Tour of Britain history.

Cavendish said he was excited about racing on the roads of Britain again. He added: "It is always an honour to race on the home roads of the Tour of Britain. It is a race where I have always enjoyed success and I am really looking forward to racing with what I know will be a strong Deceuninck-Quick-Step team.

"It has already been a special year for me and riding the Tour of Britain will be a great way to see so many of the people who have supported me throughout."

Tour of Britain director Mick Bennett hailed the quality of the line-up for the race, adding: "The fact that we were unable to run the Tour of Britain in 2020 was enough to raise the excitement level going into this year's event. Yet, combined with the truly spectacular and challenging route we've designed, the quality of this year's start list makes me believe that we're about to witness one of the most exciting editions of the modern race to date.

"We look forward to seeing the roads of Great Britain lined with spectators all the way from Penzance to Aberdeen, and I would encourage everybody planning to attend the race to respect their fellow spectators and, of course, the riders, as well as following local Covid-19 guidance."

|For more information, visit www.tourofbritain.co.uk

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Author:AARON GREENAWAY & GUY HENDERSON news@plymouthherald.co.uk @Plymouth_Live
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Date:Sep 2, 2021
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