Tour of Britain 2011: Stage seven preview

When: Saturday, September 17, 2011
Start: Bury St Edmunds
Finish: Sandringham
Distance: 199.7km
ITV4 highlights: 8-9pm

This longest stage of the race follows organiser SweetSpot’s consultation with the teams, who wanted some longer distances included.

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It also follows the tour’s longest transfer, with an estimated five-hour drive from Somerset.

Luckily for the riders, this 200km jaunt is the race’s flattest stage. There are a few lumps on the way, but things should end in a bunch sprint in front of Sandringham House.

On the way, the route also passes Ipswich’s Chantry Park – the location for the 2012 European Cyclo-cross Championships – and Aspall’s Suffolk Cider orchards.

 Stage 7 profile, Tour of Britain 2011

Stage 7 map, Tour of Britain 2011

Approximate timings
0km Start: Bury St Edmunds 10.15am
12.2km Skoda KoM: Lavenham Hill [3] 10.45am
44.2km Yodel Sprint: Ipswich 11.26am
46.9km Skoda KoM: Christchurch Park [3] 11.30am
63.1km Skoda KoM: Framsden [3] 11.51am
89.7km Yodel Sprint: Diss 12.25pm
116.8 Yodel Sprint: Wymondham 1pm
199.7km Finish: Sandringham Estate 2.46pm