STAGE 8A
When: Sunday, September 18, 2011
Start: London
Finish: Whitehall
Distance: 8.8km
ITV4 highlights: 8-9pm

STAGE 8B
When: Sunday, September 18, 2011
Start: London
Finish: Whitehall
Distance: 90km
ITV4 highlights: 8-9pm

If things are tight at the top of the standings, then the organiser’s new addition to the race this year – a split stage with a morning time trial – could be decisive and play into the hands of one of the race’s British riders.

Returning to central London after last year’s circuit race in Docklands, the time trial course is a fast, flat 8.8km tracing the Thames from Westminster to Tower Hill and back.

The afternoon’s fast and furious circuit race takes place on the same circuit but whoever leads at lunchtime should win the race.

Overall, expect grandiosity – big crowds, Union Jacks galore and the drama of the capital’s finest buildings as the backdrop.

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Stage 8a map, Tour of Britain 2011

Stage 8b map, Tour of Britain 2011Approximate timings
Stage 8a

First rider off 11am
Final rider off 12.30pm

Stage 8b
Start Whitehall 3.45pm
Lap 2 Yodel Sprint
Lap 6 Yodel Sprint
Lap 8 Yodel Sprint
Lap 10 Finish: Whitehall 5.45pm