West country setting for Tour of Britain 2016

The final stage of the Tour of Britain will again be held in London's West End

The route of the 2016 Tour of Britain has been announced and this year the west of the country will be seeing the action. 

That means more hills than you thought were in the UK with a pretty momentous second stage in Cumbria and the Lake District between Carlisle and Kendal, where the climbs of Whinlatter Pass and The Struggle will feature before an uphill finish on the fantastically named Beast Banks. 

“We are confident that this year’s route for the Tour of Britain will provide the opportunity for eight exciting days of racing,” said Race Director Mick Bennett. “We have not just a great preparation for the World Championships but also a fantastic race that will showcase the British countryside and stands alone in its own right.” 

The tour starts in Glasgow on September 4 before moving down to Cumbria, over to Cheshire, which takes in the 10km Cat and Fiddle climb, then Denbigh, Wales, two stages in the south west - one of which includes a summit finish at Haytor in the Dartmoor National Park - a penultimate time trial and circuit race in Bristol before the traditional stage eight finish in London with a circuit race around the West End. 

ITV 4 will offer live coverage with a three-hour live programme from each stage, plus one-hour of highlights every evening during the race. 

The stages: 
Sunday 4 September
Glasgow to Castle Douglas

Stage Two: Monday 5 September
Carlisle to Kendal

Stage Three: Tuesday 6 September
Congleton to Tatton Park, Knutsford

Stage Four: Wednesday 7 September
Denbigh to Builth Wells

Stage Five: Thursday 8 September
Aberdare to Bath

Stage Six: Friday 9 September
Sidmouth to Haytor, Dartmoor

Stage Seven (a): Saturday 10 September
Bristol Stage Individual Time Trial
Stage Seven (b): Saturday 10 September
Bristol Stage Circuit Race

Stage Eight: Sunday 11 September
London Stage presented by TfL

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