Knowsley to welcome return of The Tour of Britain

Published on: Monday, 31-March-2014

Knowsley will welcome the return of The Tour of Britain for a third year in succession this September, when the race returns to the borough on Monday 8th September.

Knowsley will host the start of Stage Two of The Tour, as 18 of the world’s top professional teams, including the likes of Team Sky, depart from Knowsley Safari, for the second day of racing.

Cllr Eddie Connor, Cabinet Member for Leisure, Community and Culture said “I’m delighted to welcome back The Tour of Britain to Knowsley.  Once again, the riders will receive a very warm welcome from thousands of residents and visitors at Knowsley Safari and along the route.  World-class events like this, together with our wider cycling development programme, cycle routes, organised rides such as Sky Rides and our velodrome and BMX facilities encourage more people to get on their bikes.  There really is a cycling buzz in Knowsley, as a result of the existing initiatives provided by a range of partners, clubs and groups, and I hope more people will come along and take at look at the fantastic cycling facilities and opportunities we have here in the borough.”

Knowsley first hosted The Tour of Britain in 2012, when Australian Leigh Howard narrowly outsprinted Mark Cavendish for the stage win in Knowsley Safari Park.

A year on and Sir Bradley Wiggins was the stage winner, taking victory in a 16-kilometre time trial in and around Knowsley on his way to overall victory in The Tour of Britain.

“We are looking forward to continuing our excellent relationship with Knowsley Council in 2014 as Knowsley host their first Tour of Britain stage start,” said Race Director Mick Bennett.

“The past two years we have enjoyed great support from spectators in Merseyside, so I am sure riders can look forward to more of the same ahead of a very tough stage to North Wales.”

At just under 200-kilometres, Stage Two will take the race into North Wales to the stage finish in Llandudno, via Wrexham, Flintshire and Denbighshire. 

The stage will also mark the second opportunity for cycling fans in the North West to see the world’s top riders, with Liverpool having hosted the opening stage, a ten-lap, 130-kilometre race around the city centre.

The 2014 Tour of Britain will begin in Liverpool on Sunday 7th September, finishing eight days later in central London with a double-header final day, featuring an individual time trial and circuit race finishing on Whitehall.

This year’s Tour of Britain will be the first ranked at the 2.HC level following an upgrade during the winter by the UCI, the sport’s governing body.  More information on the 2014 Tour of Britain can be found at http://www.thetour.co.uk/

This year’s stages are:-

Stage Date Location
 Stage One  Sunday 7 September   Liverpool
 Stage Two  Monday 8 September  Knowsley to Llandudno
 Stage Three  Tuesday 9 September  Newtown to the Tumble
 Stage Four  Wednesday 10 September  Worcester to Bristol
 Stage Five  Thursday 11 September  Exmouth to Exeter
 Stage Six  Friday 12 September  Bath to Hemel Hempstead
 Stage Seven  Saturday 13 September  Camberley to Brighton
 Stage Eight a  Sunday 14 September  London individual time trial, presented by TfL
 Stage Eight b  Sunday 14 September  London circuit race, presented by TfL