Crowds predicted for Tour of Britain decider in Surrey

Bradley Wiggins races towards the finish line at Hampton Court Palace in the cycling time trial
Image caption Hundreds of people lined the streets of Surrey and London to watch Bradley Wiggins clinch gold in the Olympic cycling time trial

The continued success of British cycling is expected to swell crowds lining the route of the deciding stage of the Tour of Britain in Surrey.

The final day of racing starts in Reigate on 16 September and passes through Dunsfold and Cranleigh before it finishes in Guildford.

Huge crowds lined the county's streets to watch Olympic medal winners Bradley Wiggins and Lizzie Armitstead.

It is not known whether Wiggins will compete as part of Team Sky.

A spokesman for the Tour of Britain said teams had until 20 August to name their squads but he was hopeful the race would feature some Olympic medallists.

Bradley Wiggins became the first British winner of the Tour de France in July, with Team Sky team-mate Mark Cavendish winning the sprint finish in Paris.

The eighth stage of the Tour of Britain will cover more than 90 miles of Surrey roads with 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.

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

There will be rolling road closures along sections of the route and motorists have been urged to plan ahead of the Tour.

Jen Powell, of Guildford Borough Council, said: "We have already hosted the Olympic cycling road races and are delighted to welcome the Tour.

"It's exciting to think that the winner will be decided on the challenging cobbles of our High Street.

"Following on from our spectacular Olympic success the popularity of cycling events is at an all-time high.

"Large numbers of spectators are expected and we advise people to plan ahead, as there will be disruption in Guildford and the surrounding areas."

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