Tour of Britain

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The Tour of Britain is the name of a cycle race held in United Kingdom. The race is made up of several parts in which the racers go from place to place across parts of Great Britain. The history of the event dates back to 1951. The Tour of Britain is part of the UCI's European Tour.

The race includes teams from Scotland and Wales, as well as a Great Britain team. In recent years, no English team has been entered. Teams from outside the UK compete too, for example in 2007 Team T-Mobile will take part.

The latest version, a professional stage race, was first run in 2004.

History[change | edit source]

The Tour of Britain has had different names. This is because many different companies or groups of people have provided the money needed to have the event happen (sponsors).

Scot Ian Steel won the 1951 edition, in which Jimmy Savile (later to become a famous DJ and television personality) also raced. The 1955 edition was organised by the British League of Racing Cyclists.
This was a two-week amateur event but from about 1983, the event was also opened to professional teams. The Milk Marketing Board also sponsored the Scottish Milk Race, a smaller tour in Scotland.
Winners included: Malcolm Elliot (1988), Robert Millar (1989), Phil Anderson (1991, 1993), Max Sciandri (1992) and, in its final year, Maurizio Fondriest.
Stuart O'Grady (Crédit Agricole) won the 1998 edition; Marc Wauters (Rabobank) won in 1999.

The modern tour[change | edit source]

Stage 3 of the 2005 race passing through Honley, near Huddersfield

2004 Tour of Britain[change | edit source]

The first edition of the latest version of the Tour of Britain took place over five days in early September 2004. It was organised by SweetSpot along with British Cycling. The race was sponsored by the organisers of London's 2012 Olympics bid. It was well-promoted and many well-known teams were a part of the race. Such teams included T-Mobile (Germany) and U.S. Postal Service (USA). This was partly due to it being a 2.3 category race on the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) calendar.

The 2004 route ended with a 45 mile (72 km) criterium in London, where tens of thousands of people watching saw a long break by Londoner Bradley Wiggins last until the final lap. Enrico Degano of Team Barloworld passed him on the final lap to win that stage of the race. The Colombian Mauricio Ardila, of Chocolade Jacques, won the Tour overall.

Stages[change | edit source]

Stage Date Start Finish Distance Winner Team Time
1 1 September 2004 Manchester Manchester 207 km Stefano Zanini  Italy QSD 5h 01'23"
2 2 September 2004 Leeds Sheffield 172 km Mauricio Ardila  Colombia CHO 4h 26'26"
3 3 September 2004 Bakewell Nottingham 192 km Tom Boonen  Belgium QSD 4h 30'55"
4 4 September 2004 Newport Newport 160 km Mauricio Ardila  Colombia CHO 3h 32'37"
5 5 September 2004 London London 72 km Enrico Degano  Italy TBL 1h 27'30"

Final General Classification[change | edit source]

Name Nationality Team Time
1 Mauricio Ardila  Colombia CHO 18h 58'36"
2 Julian Dean  New Zealand C.A + 00'12"
3 Nick Nuyens  Belgium QSD + 00'17"

2005 Tour of Britain[change | edit source]

The 2005 race was run as a UCI 2.1 category in six stages starting in Glasgow on 30 August and finishing in London on 4 September:

Stages[change | edit source]

Stage Date Start Finish Distance Winner Team Time
1 30 August 2005 Glasgow Castle Douglas 185 km Nick Nuyens  Belgium QSI 4h 24'32"
2 31 August 2005 Carlisle Blackpool 160 km Roger Hammond  United Kingdom GBR 3h 58'48"
3 1 September 2005 Leeds Sheffield 160 km Luca Paolini  Italy QSI 4h 27'24"
4 2 September 2005 Buxton Nottingham 195 km Serguei Ivanov  Russia TMO 4h 24'17"
5 3 September 2005 Birmingham Birmingham (ITT) 4 km Nick Nuyens  Belgium QSI 4'54.06"
6 4 September 2005 London London 60 km Luca Paolini  Italy QSI 1h 30'54"

Final General Classification[change | edit source]

Name Nationality Team Time
1 Nick Nuyens  Belgium QSI 19h 04'32"
2 Michael Blaudzun  Denmark CSC + 00'08"
3 Javier Cherro Molina  Spain ECV + 00'22"

2006 Tour of Britain[change | edit source]

The Tour of Britain 2006 took place from the 29 August to 3 September as a UCI category 2.1 event. Martin Pedersen and Andy Schleck of Team CSC won the overall and King of the Mountains classification, respectively. Mark Cavendish (T-Mobile Team) won the points classification and Johan Van Summeren (Davitamon-Lotto) captured the sprints classification.

Stages[change | edit source]

Stage Date Start Finish Distance Winner Team Time
1 29 August 2006 Glasgow Castle Douglas 162.6 km Martin Pedersen  Denmark CSC 4h 03'38"
2 30 August 2006 Blackpool Liverpool 163 km Roger Hammond  United Kingdom GBR 3h 54'15"
3 31 August 2006 Bradford Sheffield 180 km Filippo Pozzato  Italy QSI 4h 28'18"
4 1 September 2006 Wolverhampton Birmingham 130.3 km Frederik Willems  Belgium JAC 2h 54'12"
5 2 September 2006 Rochester Canterbury 152.6 km Francesco Chicchi  Italy QSI 4h 24'42"
6 3 September 2006 Greenwich The Mall 82 km Tom Boonen  Belgium QSI 2h 00'41"

Final General Classification[change | edit source]

Name Nationality Team Time
1 Martin Pedersen  Denmark CSC 21h 51'24"
2 Luis Pasamontes  Spain UNI + 00'51"
3 Filippo Pozzato  Italy QSI + 02'11"

2007 Tour of Britain[change | edit source]

The Tour of Britain is being changed to seven days for 2007. The extra day is being used to run a stage in Somerset for the first time. Instead of finishing in London, the 2007 race will start in London and finish in Glasgow. Glasgow is using the event to increase the chance of it becoming the host of the 2014 Commonwealth Games.

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