Ivan Basso To Ride The Tour Of Britain
Article by Peter Hodges
Updated Friday, 13th July 2012
Basso to ride British race
Ivan Basso to lead Team Liquigas – Cannondale at The Tour of Britain
Two-time Giro d’Italia winner to start ‘hardest yet’ Tour of Britain this September
Team Liquigas – Cannondale will take part in their first Tour of Britain this September, led by Italian rider Ivan Basso, who will also be making his debut in the race, tipped to be the ‘hardest yet’ edition of Britain’s greatest race.
The 34-year old, who has twice won Italy’s biggest race, the Giro d’Italia, is currently competing in the Tour de France.
Thanks to the team’s huge success this season, Liquigas – Cannondale are currently ranked third in the UCI World Tour standings prior to the start of the Tour de France, where the team has so far won three stages through Peter Sagan.
Mick Bennett, Tour of Britain Race Director said,“We are delighted to have the Liquigas – Cannondale team participate in The Tour of Britain for the first time. The inclusion of such a high-profile team led by two-time winner of Giro d’Italia, Ivan Basso, underlines the growing status of The Tour of Britain and its importance to pro cycling teams.”
The Tour of Britain starts on Ipswich’s Waterfront on Sunday 9th September, as East Anglia hosts the Grand Depart of Britain’s biggest free-to-watch sporting event. England, Scotland and Wales all feature on the eight-day route, before Surrey hosts the final stage, with Guildford’s uphill cobbled High Street the finish for Stage Eight on Sunday 16th September.
The identity of the remaining riders in Liquigas – Cannondale’s provisional Tour of Britain line-up will be announced later in the Summer, along with further news on the other teams and riders taking part in the ninth edition of the modern Tour of Britain.
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The Tour of Britain
The 2012 Tour of Britain will take place between Sunday 9th and Sunday 16th September 2012
Stage One Sunday 9th September Ipswich to Norfolk Showground
Stage Two Monday 10th September Nottingham to Knowsley Safari Park
Stage Three Tuesday11th September Jedburgh to Dumfries
Stage Four Wednesday 12th September Carlisle to Blackpool
Stage Five Thursday 13th September The Stoke-on-Trent Stage
Stage Six Friday 14th September Welshpool to Caerphilly
Stage Seven Saturday 15th September Barnstaple to Dartmouth
Stage Eight Sunday 16th September Reigate to Guildford
Re-launched in 2004 after a five year absence from the calendar, The Tour of Britain is now the UK’s biggest professional cycle race and the country’s largest free-to-watch sporting event.
Ranked at the 2.1 level by the UCI, the sport’s governing body, The Tour of Britain attracts some of the world’s top cyclists, including Olympic and World Champions and Tour de France stage winners, to compete on British roads each September.
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