When Tuesday September 17
From Knowsley Safari Park
To Knowsley Safari Park
Distance 16km individual time trial
Stage three takes place in Merseyside village of Knowsley, with both the start and finish inside the local safari park. But fear not, we have been assured that the lions are fenced off from the riders.
The monkeys may cause more of a threat though: Alan Partridge once remarked that “if you’ve been to Knowsley Safari Park and they’re pulling the wipers off your windscreen and nicking your hub caps, you lose sympathy”. One can only hope they’re more forgiving towards power meters, disc wheels and skinsuits.
It’s a time trial, which automatically screams Bradley Wiggins and Alex Dowsett. That it is over 10 miles, a quintessential British distance, further adds to the purity of the stage. The flat parcours, combined with fast, flowing roads outside of the safari park, suggests that the winner’s time could easily be under the impressively-quick 19-minute mark.
First rider: START 12:00 FINISH 12:20
Last rider: START 14:00 FINISH 14:20
Best place to watch
Knowsley Safari Park or ITV4 12.15-2.15pm (live)
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