Isle of Wight to host finish of Tour of Britain 2022
Jul 04 2020 09:26 pm CET

Isle of Wight to host finish of Tour of Britain 2022
Isle of Wight to host finish of Tour of Britain 2022
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The Tour of Britain has announced the Isle of Wight as the host of the final stage of the race for 2022.

The second-most populous island in England is no stranger to hosting cycle races -the pro-am, cross-Europe Sealink International stage race (1983), the Isle of Wight Classic (1985) and the Tour Series (2015) have all taken place- but the closing stage of the 2022 edition of the race will be the biggest sporting event ever to take place there.

"Securing the Tour of Britain is a major coup for the Island and just what is needed to help boost the local economy after the devastating impact of coronavirus," said Isle of Wight Council leader, Councillor Dave Stewart. "This is a wonderful opportunity to showcase the stunning landscapes of the Island to an international audience, attracting spectators locally and from afar to enjoy world-class cycling.

"This event will support our economy through hotel stays or spending money in local shops and businesses. Just as the Isle of Wight is synonymous with sailing, so too I hope we can become a mecca for all things cycling with Tour of Britain and other exciting cycling events in the pipeline."

The 2022 Tour of Britain is set to start in Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire and finish in the Isle of Wight and the exact dates will be confirmed in September after the UCI publishes the calendar for that year. "We are delighted to be officially confirming in two years’ time we will be bringing the world’s best cyclists to the Isle of Wight for the final stage of the Tour of Britain, in what I am sure will be one of our most memorable stages," said Hugh Roberts, Managing Director of Tour of Britain organisers SweetSpot Group.

"The fact that despite this summer’s events we are working ahead with partners and planning the routes for 2021, 2022 and beyond shows that despite adversity, the Tour of Britain will continue to flourish. We hope that seeing this news will inspire more people and organisations than ever before to get behind and support our national Tour and to help us reach our goal of making the Tour of Britain the biggest stage race outside of the three Grand Tours by the end of the decade.

“This is just the start of our relationship with the Isle of Wight, and through events like the start of the 64-day Great Tour ride today we will be working with the Isle of Wight Council and partners to put the island firmly on the cycling map in the 2020s and helping people to 'Ride the Isle'. I look forward to returning to Ryde and the Isle of Wight in September at the conclusion of The Great Tour having hopefully done a lot to create a legacy route around Britain’s coastline and raised awareness and funds for a variety of community, health and environmental causes, and look forward even more to September 2022."

The next edition of the Tour of Britain will be in 2021, because the 2020 edition was scrapped due to the Covid-19. The race is set to start on Sunday, September 5 in Penzance, Cornwall, and finish on the Sunday 12th of September in Aberdeen.
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