Tour of Britain 2016 route

Tour of Britain 2016 route

Where: Britain
When: September 4-11 2016
Rank: UCI Europe Tour 2.HC

The 2016 Tour of Britain will kick-off in Glasgow on September 4, beginning it’s 1308.5km journey down the west of the UK before finishing up with the final stage in London a week later.

There’s a mix of stages en route, with some sprint finishes and some difficult climbs, including a summit finish on the Haytor climb in Dartmoor.

Britain’s Simon Yates, now riding for Orica-GreenEdge, took the win atop Haytor the last time the race finished up there on stage six of the 2013 edition of the Tour of Britain.

Unlike in 2014, last year’s final day just featured a criterium stage around Westminster rather than a split stage including a short time trial: there was no test against the clock and that will be repeated in 2016, with a split stage featuring the day before in Bristol instead.

Wouter Poels, Steven Kruijswijk, Edvald Boasson Hagen on stage five of the 2015 Tour of Britain

Wouter Poels, Steven Kruijswijk, Edvald Boasson Hagen on stage five of the 2015 Tour of Britain

Edvald Boasson Hagen took overall victory for MTN-Qhubeka in the 2015 Tour of Britain after a consistent performance throughout the race, but did so without taking a stage victory.

The Norwegian put in a particularly impressive performance on the hilliest stage of the route that finished on Hartside Fell, Cumbria, finishing narrowly behind stage winner Wout Poels (Team Sky).

Dylan Van Baarle (Garmin-Sharp) won the 2014 Tour of Britain ahead of Michal Kwiatkowski (Omega Pharma-QuickStep) in second, while Sir Bradley Wiggins (Team Sky) won the race in 2013.

Twenty teams will compete across the eight stages, including a mix of WorldTour and domestic squads.

Stage 1, Sunday September 4, Glasgow – Castle Douglas, 168km
Stage 2, Monday September 5, Carlisle – Kendal, 195km
Stage 3, Tuesday September 6, Congleton – Tatton Park, Knutsford, 182km
Stage 4, Wednesday September 7, Denbigh – Builth Wells, 217km
Stage 5, Thursday September 8, Aberdare to Bath, 205km
Stage 6, Friday September 9, Sidmouth to Haytor, 150km
Stage 7, split stage, Saturday September 10, Bristol individual time trial, 15km Bristol circuit race, 76.5km
Stage 8, Sunday September 11, London circuit race, 100km

Key info: Route/stages | Iconic ToB photos

Edvald Boasson Hagen takes the race lead after stage five of the 2015 Tour of Britain

Devoid of teammates, and 20 riders all trying to dispose him of the yellow jersey he held by the slenderest margin of one second, Edvald Boasson Hagen beat and then…