The Tour of Britain, Stages 5 – 8

With the Tour of Britain well under way and the home riders putting on a good show we take a look at the second half of the race. Having started in Scotland and taken in Cumbria and North Wales, the tour begins it travels south and culminates on the streets of London this Sunday. Here is a rundown of the final four days racing, where best to see the racing and a few highlights along the route.

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The Brits are doing well in the Tour again this year. Bradley Wiggins is in the race lead, waering the Gold Jersey, and Mark Cavendish has recorded his first win in stage four.

Stage 5 Wales – Thursday 19th Sep

Start – Machynlleth 11:00   Finish – Caerphilly: 15:00

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Wiggins Takes to the Road in the leader’s Gold Jersey – can he keep it all the way to London? Photo © AGR_Flickr BY 2.0

Stage Five begins in the centre of Wales, South of Snowdonia and finishes in the South near to Cardiff, taking in some serious climbs along the way.

The best place to watch today will definitely be Caerphilly Mountain. The riders ascend this tough climb twice and the General Classification riders will be battling it out to make time on each other.

Stage 6 Devon – Friday 20th Sep

Start – Sidmouth 11:00   Finish: Haytor, Dartmoor – 14:30

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Mark Cavendish produced the sprint finish to win stage four. He may have to wait until stages 7 & 8 until his next chance for a win though.

The finish line of today’s stage may well decide the winner of the whole race; it marks the last real chance for the top guys to make up time. The 5km of climbing to the end of the stage offers plenty of space for spectators to watch the big guys come past.

Stage 7 Surrey – Saturday 21st Sep

Start – Epsom 12:00   Finish – Guildford 15:20

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The crowds in Guildford last year were huge, organisers expect similar interest again this year

Three large climbs today will likely see the King of the Mountains jersey decided as the race meanders across Surrey, also the last chance for a breakaway victory.

The Sprint finish in Guildford town centre will be busy but probably offers a better chance to get close to the finish than the following days stage in London where the finish line will surely be overcrowded. Hope to see Cavendish ‘missile’ to victory.

Stage 8 London – Sunday 22nd Sep

Start- Whitehall 15:30   Finish – Whitehall 17:30

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The Tour arrives in London for the finale and passes some of the capitals biggest landmarks. A pretty special place for a sporting even. Photo © davograve@ CC BY-NC 2.0

Really anywhere along the course will offer great views of the race. The riders will complete the 8km circuit tem times and ride pass iconic landmarks almost the whole way around.

There is a full day racing on the circuit on offer too, with Women’s Westminster Grand Prix races and the IG Gentlemen’s time-trials taking place before the main event. You can also get up close and personal with the team buses and support vans where mechanics will be working on bikes before the race.

You can find out more on each stage of the tour at http://www.tourofbritain.co.uk