Stage Seven Saturday September 8
Westbridgford Mansfield 215.6km
a fter slogging it out in Cumbria, the peloton heads south for the penultimate stage of the race where the sprinters come to the fore once again. Lay of the land Following last year’s successful visit, the tour of britain returns to Nottinghamshire. Having hosted the start that day, mansfield will be the setting for this stage’s finish, which involves a 9km circuit around town that should be straightforward enough for the sprinters’ teams to control. There are three climbs listed on the route — Keyworth, bank Hill and Oxton Hill, all ranked category four — but with the last of these crested 146km from the finish, you’d expect the race to be back together by mansfield. What to expect The three climbs of the day come early on so any issues they cause the fastmen should be resolved in time for them to come together before the finish in mansfield. With slim pickings for the sprint trains so far, many riders will be keen to open or add to their account before tomorrow’s London finale.
If it remains close at the top of the GC, the nine bonus seconds on offer between 101 and 61 kilometres from the finish could come into play. n Pro’s view Harry Tanfield, Canyon-eisberg “tour of britain sprints are technical with twisting, narrow town centre finishes. If you can handle your bike that helps and we can take a lot from the criteriums we do. It’s great for experience and learning how to sprint against the Worldtour guys.”