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Wiggins heads list of Tour of Britain starters

British cycling hero Bradley Wiggins heads the list of starters for this month’s Tour of Britain, which finishes in Surrey.

Olympic time trial gold medallist Wiggins will be joined by world champion Mark Cavendish for Team Sky’s bid to grab the race glory.

The pair were named in the provisional list of starters released today, which also features seven teams that competed in this summer’s Tour de France. Surrey hosts the final stage of the eight-day tour on Sunday 16 September, which starts in Reigate and finishes in Guildford.

Team Sky’s Mark Cavendish

To ensure people have all the information they need to make the most of the race and prepare for any disruption, Surrey County Council has sent newsletters to residents and businesses on the route.

The leaflets include detailed information about road closures, parking restrictions, maps and tips for how people can plan ahead and enjoy the action.

Unlike the Olympic races where all roads on the route were closed from early in the morning, for the Tour of Britain most roads will only be closed for a short time just before the cyclists come through and will open again once the last support vehicle passes by.

However, some roads will be closed for longer around the start and finish lines in Reigate and Guildford as well as West Street in Dorking and Barhatch Road in Cranleigh. Parking restrictions will also be in place. Estimated times for when the riders will pass through each area are available on www.gosurrey.info.

To find out the thoughts of Team IG Sigma Sport’s Simon Richardson and Dan Craven about tackling the race, click on this link.

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