Tour of Britain back in Surrey for 2013

Reigate crowds, Tour of Britain 2012, stage eight

Surrey County Council has confirmed that the county will host a stage of the 2013 Tour of Britain on the back of the 'huge success' of the race visiting the area last week.

SCC estimate that 200,000 spectators turned out to watch Sunday's final stage in the county from Reigate to Guildford to watch Mark Cavendish (Sky) take the stage win and Jonathan Tiernan-Locke (Endura) clinch the race overall.

"Watching the riders gunning for glory through Surrey was spectacular so we're delighted to welcome the Tour of Britain back next year and further cement Surrey's reputation as a world class place to ride," said SCC's Cabinet Member for Community Services and the 2012 Games Helyn Clack.

"We brought the tour here because it will boost the economy by as much as £2.5 million and build on the cycling fever sweeping the country following the Olympic success in Surrey.

"Now we're looking forward to doing it again next year and teaming up with Boris Johnson for a weekend-long festival to inspire even more people to try out the sport."

The 'Ride London' festival of cycling is due to take place in the first week of August 2013, a month ahead of the Tour of Britain.