Stage Seven Satur­day Septem­ber 8

West­bridg­ford Mans­field 215.6km

Cycling Weekly - - TOUR OF BRITAIN -

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.”

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