Hope Tour of Britain could return to Devon in 2020

Hopes have been expressed that the Tour of Britain could come back to Devon in 2020.

It has already been confirmed that next year’s race will visit Cornwall for the first time when its Grand Depart takes place on Sunday, September 6.

The stage will see riders travelling on a 170km route through the Cornish countryside to Bodmin.

The route will take in St Just, St Ives, Hayle, Camborne, Pool, Redruth, Falmouth, Penryn, Truro, Newquay, St Austell and the Eden Project, subject to final Tour of Britain approval in November.

The eight-day stage race will run until September 13 and no further announcements have been made by organisers as to the location of the other seven stages.

However, Devon County Council (DCC) is in negotiations with organisers over the possibility of hosting another stage.

Councillor Stuart Hughes, the authority’s cabinet member with responsibility for cycling, said: “We are in discussions with the organisers of the Tour of Britain about the possibility of hosting another Devon stage, but nothing has been confirmed as yet.”

Governing body the Union Cycliste Internationale’s regulations state that the daily limit for a transfer from between stages is two hours of road travel.

This includes the total transit time from hotel to the start in the morning and from the finish to the hotel in the evening.

If the regulation is applied, then Stage Two would have to start in either Devon or Somerset.

The Tour has visited Devon 10 times in the last 13 years.

The 2018 stage took place over 175km from Cranbrook to Barnstaple.

DCC spent £220,000 on bringing the Tour to the region, with at least 200,000 people turning out to cheer on the riders and £4million of extra spending generated in the county.

Heath Harvey, CEO of race organisers Sweetspot, said that the packed crowds that lined the routes and the support of DCC meant that the Tour of Britain was always looking to come back to Devon.

The race is British cycling’s premier road cycling event and is shown live on ITV4 and Eurosport as well as being broadcast in 190 countries worldwide.

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