Tour of Britain stage eight
When: Sunday, September 14
Distance (8a time trial): 8.8km
Distance (8b circuit race): 88.8km
This year’s Tour of Britain comes to a close in spectacular fashion, with a split stage in London. The morning stage will be an individual time trial, while the same roads will play host to the usual processional finish in the afternoon.
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The split stage is a replica of the 2011 Tour of Britain finale, which proved a great day for spectators with plenty of home success to celebrate. Alex Dowsett won the morning time trial, while Steve Cummings posted an impressive time to move up into second overall, and in the afternoon Mark Cavendish won the sprint finish, with Geraint Thomas finishing fourth to take win the points classification. Fans will be hoping for a repeat success from the likes of Bradley Wiggins and Cavendish this time round.
With two stages crammed into just one day, the time trial is not as long as it was last year, at just 8.8km, as opposed to 16.1km. Consequently, though still providing time trial specialists like Wiggins with the opportunity of gaining time, they can’t afford to cede too much time prior to today.
Whoever leads the race after the time trial will be crowned champion at the end of the day, as 8b functions as the Tour of Britain’s equivalent of the Champs-Elysées Tour de France stage. The sprinters will be eager to make up for all the climbing they’ve had to do before today by putting in a good show in the bunch sprint.
Stage 8a schedule
Stage 8b schedule