Tour of Britain 2011: Stage one preview

When: Sunday, September 11, 2011
Start: Peebles
Finish: Dumfries
Distance: 170km
ITV4 highlights: 7-8pm

The Tour of Britain begins in Scotland for the first time since 2006, which notably ended up being the decisive day of that year’s race. This opening stage heads south from Peebles to Dumfries, where the riders will complete a clockwise finishing loop.

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Three third-category climbs will be tackled, none of which appear to be tough enough to prove crucial in how the race pans out. However, when the Tour of Britain opened with an innocuous-looking stage from Glasgow to Castle Douglas five years ago, three riders finished over 2-30 minutes ahead of the peloton, thus shaping the entire race.

Stage 1 profile, Tour of Britain 2011

Stage 1 map, Tour of Britain 2011

Approximate timings
0km Start: Peebles, High Street 10.15am
7.2km Sprint: Innerleithen 10.34am
38.4km KoM: Meggett Hill [3] 11.14am
59.5km KoM: Devil’s Beef Tub [3] 11.41am
70.8km Sprint: Moffat 11.56am
112.4km Sprint: Dumfries 12.49pm
140km KoM: Banks Hill [3] 1.25pm
170.3km Finish: Dumfries, White Sands 2.03pm