Pope's visit may force Tour of Britain to move London stage

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Pope Benedict XVI's visit to Britain in September could force the Tour of Britain organisers to change plans for the London stage of the race, Cycling Weekly understands.

It will be the first papal visit to Britain since 1982 and although dates have not been publicly announced, the Tour of Britain's organisers have been in liaision with officials in recent weeks because there is likely to be a clash.

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Sports journalist Lionel Birnie has written professionally for Sunday Times, Procycling and of course Cycling Weekly. He is also an author, publisher, and co-founder of The Cycling Podcast. His first experience covering the Tour de France came in 1999, and he has presented The Cycling Podcast with Richard Moore and Daniel Friebe since 2013. He founded Peloton Publishing in 2010 and has ghostwritten and published the autobiography of Sean Kelly, as well as a number of other sports icons.