Stage six - Friday 20 September
Sidmouth to Haytor, Dartmoor 137km
Devon raises the bar (and finish line) for The Tour of Britain's 10th edition Devon will make history as the first stage of The Tour of Britain to host a summit finish when therace returns to the county in September to celebrate its 10th anniversary.
The organisers of The Tour and Devon County Council have today announced that Devon will host stage six from Sidmouth to Haytor in Dartmoor National Park on Friday 20 September. It will be the first time a stage has finished with a SKODA King of the Mountains climb in the modern era of therace.
This year's Devon Stage will start on the Jurassic Coast UNESCO World Heritage Site in Sidmouth and will cover around 85 miles (137 km) of the county before finishing with a testing climb at Haytor in Dartmoor National Park. The route will also see 96 of the world’s top cyclists race through Honiton, Cullompton, Tiverton, Exeter, Moretonhampstead, and Bovey Tracey before the challenging climax in Dartmoor National Park.
Last year’s record Tour saw more than 220,000 spectators line the route from Barnstaple to Dartmouth. They roared on Devon rider Jonathan Tiernan Locke who was wearing the IG Gold Jersey in the county on his way to becoming the first Briton to win the race overall. The crowds were also treated to seeing Britain's Mark Cavendish racing in the rainbow stripes as the then reigning world champion, although the stage was won by Euskaltel Euskadi’s Pablo Urtasun.
The Tour last raced through Sidmouth in 2010 and Haytor featured as a SKODA King of the Mountains climb in 2011 when Jonathan Tiernan Locke dominated the climbs and went on to win the SKODA King of the Mountains jersey.