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Brighton has been declared as the host for the final stages of Britain Tour 2014. After swaying through Sussex countryside the most esteemed cycle race of Britain will conclude at Brighton seafront in 2014.
The Tour of Britain 2014 has been scheduled for September 7-14, with the Grand Depart starting from Liverpool.
Britain’s much loved hero Sir Wiggins would be defending his title this time and is one among the most prominent figures in the prestigious championship to be heading towards the final line on the beautiful Madeira Drive.
The penultimate level of UK’s biggest free for watch sporting extravaganza would be contested by the best of riders from all over the world- who would be seen snaking across South downs prior to dealing with famous hurdle Ditchling Beacon mount prior to finishing at Brighton.
The final stage is supposed to take place on 13th September and its after 2 decades that Brighton is hosting a finishing stage of an esteemed championship- since Tour France finish in 1984 & Tour Britain 24 years back.
“We are really delighted to have the Britain Tour at Sussex & Brighton for the 1st ever time in Tour Britain’s modern history”, stated Mick Bennett, the race Director.
“Whilst the finishing stage at Brighton is especially for sprinters, the track at Ditchling Beacon and South Downs in closing kilometers would pose a serious challenge for them- I’m sure that we are going to witness a fantastic culmination on the beautiful seafront.”
The Tour of Britain would go through 8 stages across the entire UK. Commencing from Liverpool, the race would pass through Wales, Bristol, then Exmouth, followed by Exeter, Bath & Hertfordshire. The last stage will have participating squads contesting in time trial & circuit race simultaneously.
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Alberto Contador missed out on the presentation of the Vuelta a España route for 2014. Reportedly he was busy with his team in the first training camp. This was the first camp of 2014 and it was important that Contador was present there. He however saw what happened in the presentation and was very impressed by it. He has been the winner of this championship in the years 2008 and 2012.
The 31 year old Spaniard confirmed that he would be starting his season on the 23rd of August this year in his home tour. When asked about his plans for the upcoming season the two time Tour de France winner said that he will definitely like to win it for the third time and also focus on the other championships. The Spaniard has recently launched a cycling school and is very happy to achieve this dream of his.
In a press conference Contador said that the format in the recent years have been in favor of riders especially for the pure climbers. He also added that it becomes difficult at times when the finishes are uphill but on the other hand the new format also allows the riders to earn bonuses from those situations which have resulted in a better performance from all the riders.
Contador has some amazing Grand Tour victories where he was seen to dance on the pedals after his win. Apart from this his victories in the hills has also been very important where he was able to beat the hour mark. In the tour to come the path has already been defined by the organizers and they have set a 34.5 kilometer stage towards the half way mark and then on the final day there will be a 10 kilometer flat blast. This will ensure that the riders have enough time to catch up in between the race.
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