2012: Tour of Britain News, Features, Reports

Latest News: Tour de France champion Bradley Wiggins announces he is riding the Tour of Britain along with many of the Worlds best in the 2012 edition

Exclusive Feature: Node 4 Giordana for the Tour of Britain

Exclusive Interview: Russell Downing of Endura Racing chasing stage wins

Provisional Rider List now posted for the 2012 Tour of Britain: Click here


Stage 1: Ipswich to Norfolk Showground – 199km (Sunday 9th) MAP REPORT & PHOTOS
Stage 2: Nottingham to Knowsley  – 178 km (Monday 10th) MAP REPORT & PHOTOS
Stage 3: Jedburgh to Dumfries  –  161 km(Tuesday 11th) MAP REPORT & PHOTOS
Stage 4:  Carlisle to Blackpool  –  156 km (Wednesday 12th) MAP REPORT & PHOTOS
Stage 5: Stoke-on-Trent Stage 146 km (Thursday 13th) MAP REPORT & PHOTOS
Stage 6: Welshpool to Caerphilly – 190 km(Friday 14th) MAP REPORT & PHOTOS
Stage 7: Barnstaple to Dartmouth 170 km (Saturday 15th) MAP REPORT & PHOTOS
Stage 8:  Reigate to Guildford 147 km(Sunday 16th) MAP REPORT & PHOTOS


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Results from Previous Tours

Results: Top 10’s of all stages & overalls from the first Tour of Britain in 2004


VeloUK Exclusives

Exclusive Interview with Jon Tiernan-Locke of Endura Racing: Click here

Exclusive Interview: Russell Downing of Endura Racing chasing stage wins

Talkingshop with Simon Richardson

Team News: Rapha Condor Sharp’s young international team

Team News: Big year for Raleigh – GAC in the Tour of Britain


Tour of Britain Press Releases

Team News: GB Academy added to Start List

Team News: Endura Racing for the Tour of Britain

Team News: IG Sigma Sport Team for Tour of Britain

Team News: Rapha Condor’s Line up for Tour of Britain

Team News: 2011 podium finisher Jan Barta returns with NetApp

Team News: Cavendish & Wiggins named in Sky team for Tour of Britain

Team News: Samuel Sanchez to lead Euskaltel Euskadi 

Team News: Ivan Basso is to lead Liquigas – Cannondale team at Tour of Britain

Route: Tour of Britain Returns to Scotland

Route: Detailed route of the Surrey stage of this year’s Tour of Britain

Route: Press releases for some of the stages in this year’s Tour of Britain

Launch: Tour of Britain 2012 Revealed


Tour of Britain Factoids

Britain’s Top Performers
* Overall- Steve Cummings equalled the best overall performance by a British rider in 2011, coming second, equalling his finish in the 2008 Tour of Britain.

* Stages: Mark Cavendish’s two stage wins made it the best Tour of Britain for British riders since 2007, when he also won two stages.

* King of the Mountains: Jonathan Tiernan Locke’s total of 71pts in the ŠKODA King of the Mountains competition is the highest ever winning total in the competition. His DS at Endura Racing, Julian Winn) is also a former King of the Mountains

* Five British riders have won stages of The Tour of Britain since 2004 – Roger Hammond, Mark Cavendish, Paul Manning, Ben Swift and Alex Dowsett.

* At 1,349.9 kilometres 2012 will be the longest edition of The Tour of Britain, exceeding the previous longest (2011) by 94.6 kilometres.

* The biggest overall winning margin in Tour of Britain history was 56 seconds, by Martin Pedersen over Luis Pasamontes in 2006.

Former Overall Winners

1. Lars Boom
2. Steve Cummings
3. Jan Barta

1. Michael Albasini
2. Borut Bozic
3. Greg Henderson

1. Edvald Boasson Hagen
2. Christopher Sutton
3. Martin Reimer

1 Geoffroy Lequarte
2 Steve Cummings
3 Ian Stannard

1. Romain Feillu,
2. Adrian Palomares
3. Luke Roberts

1. Martin Pedersen
2. Luis Pasamontes
3. Filippo Pozzato

1. Nick Nuyens
2. Michael Blaudzun
3. Javier Cherro Molina

1. Mauricio Ardila
2. Julian Dean
3. Nick Nuyens


2011 – 9 stages
Mark Cavendish (stages 1 & 8b)
Alex Dowsett (stage 8a)
Gediminas Bagdonas (stage 7)
Lars Boom (stage 3 & 6)
Mark Renshaw (stage 5)
Thor Hushovd (stage 4)

2010 – 8 stages
André Greipel (stages 1, 6, & 8)
Greg Henderson (Stage 2)
Michael Albasini (Stage 3)
Wout Poels (stage 4)
Marco Frapporti (Stage 5)
Borut Bozic (stage 7)

2009 – 8 stages
Chris Sutton (Stage 1)
Kai Reus (Stage 2)
Edvald Boasson Hagen (stage 3, 4, 5, 6)
Ben Swift (Stage 7)
Michele Merlo (Stage 8)

2008 – 8 stages
Alessandro Petacchi (stage 1, 6, 8)
Matthew Goss (stage 2)
Emilien Berges (stage 3)
Edvald Boasson Hagen (stage 4, 5, 7)

2007 – 6 stages plus prologue)
Mark Cavendish (Prologue, Stage 1)
Nikolai Trusov (stage 2)
Matt Goss (stage 3)
Adrian Palomares (Stage 4)
Alexander Serov (stage 5)
Paul Manning (stage 6)

2006 (6 stages)
Martin Pedersen (Stage 1)
Roger Hammond (stage 2)
Filippo Pozzato (stage 3)
Frederik Willems (stage 4)
Francesco Chicchi (Stage 5)
Tom Boonen (stage 6)

2005 (6 stages)
Nick Nuyens (stage 1 & 5)
Roger Hammond (stage 2)
Luca Paolini (stage 3 & 6)
Serguei Ivanov (stage 4)

2004 (5 stages)
Stefano Zanini (stage 1)
Mauricio Ardila (stage 2 & 4)
Tom Boonen (stage 3)
Enrico Degano (stage 5)

British Podiums on Stages (not inc. stage wins)
(See which years have been the most successful for British riders …)

— Geraint Thomas had his first podium in the Tour of Britain on stage 3
— Mark Cavendish unusually, was second behind teammate Mark Renshaw on stage 5. Geraint Thomas was 4th and Andy Fenn 5th.
— Ian Wilkinson (Endura Racing) had his best result in the Tour with second on stage 7, so close to the victory. Special mention to Richard Handley and Wouter Sybrandy who both had top 10s along with Mark Cavendish, Andy Fenn and Geraint Thomas. Six Brits (or honoury ones Wouter) in the top 10.

— Ian Bibby was second to Michael Albsani on stage 3 with Mark McNally 5th and Simon Richardson 6th.
— Bradley Wiggins, Tour de France winner in 2012, was second to Marco Frapporti on stage 5
— Roger Hammond third to Andre Greipel on stage 8

— Ben Swift third to Chris Sutton on stage 1 with fellow South Yorkshire rider Russell Downing in 4th. Rus was also 4th on stage 4.
— Russell Downing was third on stage 5 to winner Boasson Hagen.
— There was another third for Russell Downing on stage 6, again to Boasson Hagen.

— Rob Hayles in great sprint form, 2nd to Alessandro Petacchi on stage 1. Honoury Brit, Magnus Backstedt was third and Dean Downing 4th. Roger Hammond was 6th and Jonny Bellis 10th. Lots of Brits in that top 10!
— Rob Hayles was second again to the Italian on stage 6, Russell Downing 4th, Malcolm Elliott 5th, Ben Swift 6th, Jonny Bellis 7th!

— Roger Hammond was third on stage 3 to Matt Goss
— Mark Cavendish was second to Alexander Serov on stage 5

— Russell Downing third behind winner Roger Hammond on stage 2. (Cavendish was 4th)
— Mark Cavendish was second and Paul Manning third to Frederik Willems of Begium
— Mark Cavendish was then second to Italian Chicci on stage 5
— Roger Hammond was 2nd to the then world champion Tom Boonen with Cavendish in third. That was the stage that finished on the Mall where the Olympics are now.

— Jeremy Hunt – 3rd on stage 1
— Robin Sharman 2nd behind winner Roger Hammond (Stage 2). Mark Cavendish was 3rd.
— Russell Downing third on stage 3 into his local (Sheffield)
— Scotland’s Evan Oliphant was 2nd on stage 4
— Roger Hammond sprinted to third on the final stage of the 2005 Tour.

— No podiums during the first year of the Tour for British riders…


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