April 3, 2008
to host prestigious Tour of Britain cycle race
was officially named as the finishing location for the South West
Stage of the Tour of Britain cycle race on Thursday (April 3rd).
in February that our town would be chosen as the final destination
for the race on September 9th - and organisers confirmed the story
on Thursday (April 3rd).
race is set to take off from the south of Somerset in Chard and
will finish in Burnham in the north of the county.
details of the route are being kept under wraps until 28th April
when the South West route will be unveiled in full.
Somerset County Council has confirmed that this year's race will
also be supported by Devon County Council, Exmoor National Park
Authority and South Somerset District Council.
Tour of Britains Technical Director, Mick Bennett, said:
"Somerset set a new standard for the event" last year
when more than 70,000 spectators flocked to see the action at
locations around Yeovil, Taunton and Exmoor.
the way that Somerset County Council had worked together to make
the day a success, Mick described the stage as "the best
day ever seen in British cycle racing, on a par with the Tour
de France and Giro dItalia events."
Jill Shortland, Leader of Somerset County Council, said: "The
success of the first ever South West stage of the Tour of Britain
exceeded our expectations and we are confident that the 2008 stage
will be even better. We took a bold step in securing a stage of
the race for Somerset and that decision has created immense benefits
for the county. The impact it has had on the local economy, the
profile it has created for our county and the promotion of cycling
is indeed profound."