Tour of Britain - 2011

Tour of Britain: 11 - 18 September 2011

Three stages: 5:Exeter-Exmouth; 8a London time trial & 8b London Circuit
Locations: 5: Exmouth prom, 8a: Embankment & 8b Whitehall (outside No 55 - the Defra Office)
Date: 5: 15 September & 8: 18 September 2011

Stage 8b. Sunday 18 September - a relieved Mark Cavendish returns to the line after a close but well fought win in the final stage.
He was out on his own for much of the last kilometre on a circuit - made unpleasant by light rain in the final 3-4 laps. This win paved the way for the following Sunday when he won the World Road Race Championship in Copenhagen.

This was another great year for the Tour of Britain and anyone interesting in road cycling. A bumper year in terms of stages with the final day including an individual time trial and a circuit race.

For me the day in Exmouth proved to be the highlight of any Tour day so far - great place, great weather and a cycle race on the promenade!


Stage 8b. Sunday pm London.
Alex Dowsett, who won the time trial in the morning, rides the final circuit stage in the afternoon in his flashy GB shoes. After a sunny start some light rain made things tricky in the closing laps.


Stage 8b. Sunday pm London.
The final stage gets under way on a very busy and crowded Whitehall.

London time trial Stage


Stage 8a. Sunday am London.
Steve Cummings puts in a strong ride in the mornings individual time trial


Stage 8a. Sunday am London.
Thor Hushovd on the return leg of the London individual time trial circuit

Exmouth Stage


Stage 5. Thursday Exmouth.
Geraint Thomas wears the Prostrate Cancer Charity points jersey (for a while).


Stage 5. Thursday 15 September 2011 Exmouth, Devon.
The riders drift across the line after the sprint - including Lars Boom in the yellow jersey. The stage win by Renshaw today was assisted by Cavendish - a generous vote of thanks by Cavendish for past support. This race was one of the last races HTC took part in.

At the finish our @tourofbritain twitterfeed and the local host commentary were not in sync regarding the distance the riders were from the finish. Just as the commentator said “and now here comes the helicopter” .... and a thousand necks craned skyward ... the riders flashed across the finish line - almost unnoticed.

However it was an excellent race day by the sea in very arm sunshine.

Stages-2011:

  1. Peebles - Dumfries
  2. Kendal - Blackpool
  3. Stoke-on-Trent - Stoke-on-Trent
  4. Welshpool to Caerphilly
  5. Exeter to Exmouth
  6. Taunton to Wells
  7. Bury St Edmunds to Sandringham
  8. Central London time trial (ind)
  • Central London Circuit
  • Overall results can be found here [Wikipedia].


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