It’s the final Countdown – The Tour of Britain 2017 finishes in Cardiff
Although the Tour of Britain only started yesterday, we can’t wait for it to end in Wales. Cardiff was chosen as the destination of the finish line to coincide with the Visit Wales’ Year of Legends campaign. In fact, it’s the first time since 2012 that the finish has not been in London.
Stage 8 – Worcester to Cardiff, will end with a loop circuit finish between Cardiff Bay and the City centre. It will be a brilliant opportunity to see some of the World’s best riders including Wales’ very own cycling star Geraint Thomas who rides for Team Sky. The two time Olympic Gold medallist is making his way back from injury following a short spell at the Tour de France where he became the first Welshman to put on the Yellow jersey, before breaking his collarbone in a nasty crash.
If Geraint is hoping to win the general classification he may have tough competition from in form Quick-Step Floors rider Dan Martin of Ireland amongst others. The Tour favours sprinters this year so it's no surprise sprint legend Mark Cavendish (Great Britain) will look to fend off other challengers in Cardiff such as Alexander Kristoff (Norway), upcomer Caleb Ewan (Australia) or Ella Viviani (Italy). Other big names such as Tony Martin (Germany) and Michal Kwiatkowski (Poland) will hope to have a win under their belts by the time they reach the Welsh Capital and other home favourites Owain Doull, the Welsh Rio Gold medallist and Rob Partridge from Wrexham North Wales will be greeted with cheers.
We are confident Wales will put on a great show as we are building a reputation for hosting major events. The UEFA Champions League Finals were just the latest - and biggest. Previous events such as the Ryder Cup, Ashes cricket, World Cup rugby are just a few examples of how well Wales embraces major sporting events. The Volvo Ocean Race also comes to Cardiff, in 2018!