East Lancashire stage of Tour of Britain not confirmed, despite reports

A lot of issues still be be resolved before the Tour of Britain can pay a visit to East Lancashire, says council

Camberley start, Tour of Britain 2014, stage seven

Council chiefs in East Lancashire have denied that the region has already been confirmed as a stage host for this September’s Friends Life Tour of Britain.

Local newspapers in the area reported in the autumn how stage two of the 12th edition of the race was to start in the Ribble Valley and finish in Colne, in the borough of Pendle, on Monday, September 7.

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Chris Marshall-Bell

A freelance sports journalist and podcaster, you'll mostly find Chris's byline attached to news scoops, profile interviews and long reads across a variety of different publications. He has been writing regularly for Cycling Weekly since 2013. In 2024 he released a seven-part podcast documentary, Ghost in the Machine, about motor doping in cycling.

Previously a ski, hiking and cycling guide in the Canadian Rockies and Spanish Pyrenees, he almost certainly holds the record for the most number of interviews conducted from snowy mountains. He lives in Valencia, Spain.