Wrexham is set to host the finish of the first stage of the 2015 Tour of Britain, as the town’s council unanimously approved the plan.
The North Wales town will welcome some of the world’s best cyclists on Sunday, September 6 at the end of a stage that is likely to start in Beaumaris, on Anglesey.
With the proposed route going through the Snowdonia National Park there will be plenty on offer for the climbers, but the relatively flat second half of the stage could lead to a bunch sprint in Wrexham.
Councillor Neil Rogers told the North Wales Daily Post: “As a sports fan, I’m excited. It’s a high profile event and when it’s been through Wrexham during the last couple of years the atmosphere has been fantastic.
“It’s an opportunity for Wrexham to put ourselves on the cycling stage. We’ll be working with North Wales Police as we may have to have road closures.”
While the full route is yet to be announced, the Daily Post suggest Llanberis, Betwys y Coed, Ruthin, Denbigh and Mold will feature on the route, which could look like this:
Both the Daily Post and Wrexham.com report the council has set aside a budget of £40,000 to cover the costs of hosting the finish, with the expectation that visitors to the region will bring millions to the economy.
When the race passed through North Wales last year, nearly £100m was brought to the area by the thousands of spectators who lined the streets as Mark Renshaw sprinted to victory in Llandudno.
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Stuart Clarke is a News Associates trained journalist who has worked for the likes of the British Olympic Associate, British Rowing and the England and Wales Cricket Board, and of course Cycling Weekly. His work at Cycling Weekly has focused upon professional racing, following the World Tour races and its characters.
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