Surrey

Tour of Britain cycle race route through Surrey

Mark Cavendish (left) won two stages on the 2011 Tour of Britain, while Bradley Wiggins (right) rode the Vuelta a Espana
Image caption Mark Cavendish (left) won two stages on the 2011 Tour of Britain, while Bradley Wiggins (right) rode the Vuelta a Espana

The detailed route of the Surrey stage of the Tour of Britain cycle race has been announced.

The final stage of the race on 16 September will start in Reigate and end in Guildford, passing through Dunsfold and Cranleigh.

Pro cyclist, Dan Craven, said the result of the race could be decided on the cobbles of Guildford High Street.

The Olympic road race and time trials will also use Surrey's roads in July and August.

The eighth stage of the Tour of Britain will cover more than 90 miles of Surrey roads with the riders passing through the centre of Guildford early in the day, before heading out to the Surrey hills and returning to Guildford for the finish.

Mr Craven, who rides for Team IG Sigma Sport, said: "I think it's fantastic and just shows that cycling and the Tour of Britain is spreading in the UK.

"Consistent all day long climbing like you find in Surrey really suits me and a cobbled uphill finish sounds fantastic."

Sprints and climbs

The first riders to reach the three sprint locations will be awarded points.

The locations of the sprints are Dorking High Street, Guildford High Street and Stane Street, Ockley.

There are four King of the Mountains climbs: Stable Lane. Crocknorth Road, Crocknorth, Leith Hill Road, Leith Hill and Barhatch Lane and Greensand Land, Winterfold.

Points will be awarded to those cyclists reaching the top of the climbs first.

Helyn Clack from Surrey County Council said: "We're already hosting the Olympic cycling road races and time trials, so having the Tour of Britain here will give people in Surrey another chance to watch world-class athletes on our doorstep."

Four Olympic cycling events will pass through Surrey on 28 and 29 July and 1 August.

The county is jointly hosting the men's and women's road races and two time trials.

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