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Worcestershire individual time trial stage unveiled for 2019 OVO Energy Tour of Britain

Worcestershire individual time trial stage unveiled for 2019 OVO Energy Tour of Britain

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Worcestershire will be the scene of a potentially race-deciding stage when it hosts an individual time trial on day six (Thursday 12 September) of this year’s OVO Energy Tour of Britain.

The world’s best riders will tackle a 14.5-kilometre (nine mile) individual time trial that starts and finishes in the market town of Pershore, and passes through Little Comberton and Bricklehampton during a scenic anti-clockwise loop.

This spectator-friendly day of racing will allow fans to see world-class riders competing up close as they tackle the course individually. The stage is the third of its kind to be held in the OVO Energy Tour of Britain since 2016, following equivalent stages in Bristol and Clacton-on-Sea.

“Britain’s cycling heritage is built on time trialling, so we’re delighted that the 2019 OVO Energy Tour of Britain will feature such a stage,” said Race Director Mick Bennett. “Time trials are the purest form of cycling: it is man and machine versus the clock – the strongest rider on the day in Worcestershire will be victorious!

“Our Pershore Individual Time Trial may be the shortest stage of this year’s race, but it will go some way to deciding who is crowned our overall champion in Manchester 48 hours later.”

Cllr. Rob Adams, Community engagement, culture and sport portfolio holder for Wychavon, added: “It’s absolutely brilliant that we have the Tour of Britain back in our district. Having a time trial means people have greater opportunities to enjoy the excitement and prestige of the race. We look forward to welcoming the teams to the area.”


2019 Tour of Britain stage six ITT map.

The stage will suit reigning British time trial champion Alex Dowsett, a former race leader and stage winner in the OVO Energy Tour of Britain, whose KATUSHA ALPECIN team will be among the 20 world-class squads competing in the event.

Residents along the route can support the event in a number of ways, from simply lining the course to decorating their homes or entering the OVO Energy Tour of Britain’s National Land Art competition. Full stage timings will be released in August.

The OVO Energy Tour of Britain is British Cycling’s premier road cycling event, giving cycling fans the opportunity to see the world’s best teams and riders competing on their doorstep and helping to build a great cycling nation.

ITV4 will once again screen live free-to-air coverage flag-to-flag of each stage in the UK, along with a nightly highlights programme of the best of the action.

2019 OVO Energy Tour of Britain route

Stage 1

Saturday 7 September

Glasgow to Kirkcudbright

201.5km

Stage 2

Sunday 8 September

The Scottish Borders Stage

166.4km

Stage 3

Monday 9 September

Berwick-upon-Tweed to Newcastle-upon-Tyne

182.2km

Stage 4

Tuesday 10 September

Gateshead to Kendal

171.5km

Stage 5

Wednesday 11 September

The Wirral Stage

174km

Stage 6

Thursday 12 September

Pershore Individual Time Trial

14.5km

Stage 7

Friday 13 September

Warwick to Burton Dassett Country Park

186.5km

Stage 8

Saturday 14 September

Altrincham to Manchester

165km

2019 Tour of Britain national map.