Tour of Britain stage six
When: Friday, September 12
Finish: Hemel Hempstead
Having spent the whole race up till now in the west of England and Wales, stage six takes the peloton on a long transfer eastwards, starting in Bath and ending up in Hertfordshire.
As the first stage in this year’s race to exceed 200km, today has the feeling of a transitional stage. As such, an early breakaway may be allowed to get away. If this happens, today might be the perfect opportunity for a rider seeking the mountains classification. There’s two category-twos and one category-three en route, and although other days have more points on offer, the proximity to the finish of some of those climbs mean that riders in the break are likely to have been swallowed up before being able to seal the points.
That said, today’s stage seems to suit sprinters more than anyone else. If they have been frustrated by the frequency of late hills scuppering their chances, they’ll be eager to keep this one together for a bunch finish. Although all the climbs today are situated in the final 45km, none of them quite looks difficult enough to encourage successful attacks.
This is also the first time the modern race has visited Bath, one of the most picturesque and historical cities in the country. Coming at the start of the stage, the peloton may even get a chance to enjoy the surroundings.
0km START, Bath 10:15
29.8km Sprint, Devizes 11:21
119.8km Sprint, Blewbury 13:30
161.6km KOM, Chinnor Hill, Cat 2 14:27
169.7km Sprint, Princes Risborough 14:38
171.9km KOM, Kop Hill, Cat 2 14:41
191.8km KOM, Nashleigh, Cat 3 15:09
205.6km FINISH, Hemel Hempstead 15:26