When Saturday, September 21
The seventh stage of the 2013 Tour is this year’s most anticipated stage, and by that we mean it’s the one closest to Cycling Weekly Towers. We’ve long lobbied for finish a stage in picturesque Croydon, but for some reason it has never happened.
In an innovative move, race organiser SweetSpot has chosen Epsom Downs Racecourse to host the start of the stage, although the riders’ cyclo-cross skills will not be tested on a lap of the famous Derby course.
In terms of the terrain, the stage is front-loaded with a series of categorised climbs, and while the last of them – the narrow and hideously steep Barhatch Lane – is the toughest, it comes 100 kilometres before the finish in Guildford.
The second half of the stage is significantly easier, as it winds its way through some of the most affluent areas Surrey has to offer. Riders will also pass the McLaren Technology Centre, home of the successful Formula 1 racing team and retrace some of the roads from this year’s Prudential RideLondon-Surrey Classic.
The finish – including the short, cobbled climb up Guildford’s impressive High Street – is the same as when Mark Cavendish took his final victory as world champion 12 months ago.
0km START: Epsom Racecourse 12:00
12.6km KoM: Crocknorth Road (2) 12:33
20.5km Sprint: Dorking 12:44
25km KoM: Coldharbour (2) 12:50
44.6km Sprint: Cranleigh 13:18
50.3km KoM: Barhatch Lane (1) 13:26
74.7km Sprint: Woking 14:01
155km FINISH: High Street, Guildford 15:56
Best place to watch
Barhatch Lane or ITV4 2-4pm (live)