North of Tyne takes centre stage for national cycle race
19 Jul 2019
Teams for the prestigious OVO Energy Tour of Britain cycle race have been announced today (Friday 19 July), as the North of Tyne prepares to host the third stage of the race on Monday 9 September.
Stage Three will see the world’s top riders and teams contesting a 114-mile route from Berwick through Northumberland, heading along the North Tyneside coast and into Wallsend, before continuing to Newcastle city centre, with a spectacular finish on Grey Street.
It will be the first ever Tour of Britain stage to link all of the areas of the North of Tyne Combined Authority, with the route taking in Northumberland, North Tyneside and Newcastle Upon Tyne.
Riders announced include Team INEOS (formerly Sky), Team Jumbo-Visma and Movistar Team, all of which were involved in The Tour of Britain when it last raced through Northumberland in 2017. Team INEOS famously won the 2012 Tour de France with Bradley Wiggins, and again in 2013 with Chris Froome. Belgian cyclist Wout van Aert of Jumbo-Visma recently won Stage Ten in the Tour de France, which is currently underway.
Tweedmouth Middle School and cycle club The Berwick Wheelers joined Northumberland County Council Leader Peter Jackson and Cllr Cath Homer, cabinet member for culture, arts, leisure and tourism with the official OVO Energy Tour of Britain mascot, ToBI, and race car at the Stage Three start in Berwick.
Cllr Jackson said: “We’re incredibly proud to be part-hosting the third stage and what better way to welcome the riders into England than in our border town of Berwick.
“Following the success of previous Northumberland stages that witnessed huge crowds throughout the county, we can’t wait to see thousands of residents and schoolchildren lining the streets to watch this year's race.”
Stage Three will feature three SKODA King of the Mountains climbs at Ford Common, Belford Moor and outside Longhoughton.
Three intermediate Eisberg Sprints will also feature on the route at Seahouses, Warkworth and Seaton Delaval.
For further information, please see the North of Tyne Tour of Britain website - www.northoftyne-tob.co.uk