Tour of Britain stage four
When: Wednesday, September 10
A transfer brings the race back across the border into England, for another lumpy stage in the West Midlands, and a first ever visit by the modern Tour of Britain to Bristol.
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This promises to be another exciting day, in which riders who lost ground yesterday have a chance to make up some time. Though not quite a hilltop finish — the official summit of the category-two Bridge Valley Road climb comes a couple of kilometres before the finish — there is not enough respite to prevent this from being a decisive stage.
Though the downhill after the late climb in the finish at Llandudno will probably be enough to put off those looking for time as well as a stage win, GC hopefuls will be more confident of holding on to any time gained on the climb.
Prior to the finish, the riders’ legs will have been softened by an undulating series of roads. Whereas the climbs in stage two were concentrated towards the end and those in stage three near the beginning, this time it’s the middle section of the stage that will hurt most.
Although just one classified climb is listed en route between the category-two Nueadd-goch Bank — climbed almost as soon as the riders start racing — and the finish, the road goes up and down constantly as it travels through the Cotswolds, and the stage’s highest point comes at around halfway through.
0km START, Worcester 11:00
13.8km KoM, Wyche Cutting, Cat 2 11:19
54.9km Sprint, High Street Evesham 12:17
65.7km Sprint, Leamington Road, Broadway 12:33
70.3km KoM, Snowshill, Cat 3 12:40
154.7km Sprint, Rangeworthy 14:38
182.6km KoM, Bridge Valley Road, Cat 2 15:18
184.6km FINISH, Bristol 15:20