When Friday, September 20
To Haytor, Dartmoor
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Having raced in the north-west of England four days previously, the peloton will find themselves in the south-west of the country for the race’s sixth stage. And, although the race’s general classification will have undergone significant reshuffles in that time, this is likely to be its decider.
The first-category climb of Haytor is the only summit finish in this year’s race (also its first in 10 editions) and represents the last real chance for the GC favourites to gain time.
At 5.8 kilometres long and 400 metres high, it is hardly comparable to iconic climbs such as Alpe d’Huez and the Galibier, but given the way the peloton fragmented into several groups the last time the climb featured in the race two years ago, an explosive and exciting finish should be on the cards.
The stage departs from Sidmouth, another place that will show off perfectly the natural beauty Britain has to offer. It boasts views of the Jurassic Coast and impressive red-coloured cliffs, while its beaches overlooking the English Channel will be familiar to readers of Beatrix Potter.
The sprint in Exeter will showcase the historic city’s 12th century cathedral, although nothing along the route will match the incredible landscape offered by the Dartmoor National Park.
0km START: The Esplanade, Sidmouth 11:00
37.9km Sprint: Tiverton 12:09
59.6km KoM: Stoke Hill (2) 12:40
62.6km Sprint: Exeter 12:44
84.1km KoM: Mamhead (2) 13:15
95.4km Sprint: Chudleigh 13:31
117.5km KoM: Six Mile Hill (2) 13:56
137km FINISH/KoM: Haytor (1) 14:30
Best place to watch
Haytor or ITV4 1-3pm (live)