Tour de France winners to race in Somerset

PUBLISHED: 18:00 16 August 2018

Britain's Geraint Thomas wearing the overall leader's yellow jersey toasts with Champagne with Britain Team Sky team principal Sir Dave Brailsford, while Britain's Chris Froome, left, looks on during the 21st and last stage of the 105th edition of the Tour de France cycling race between Houilles and Paris Champs-Elysees, Sunday, July 29, 2018. (Marco Bertorello, Pool via AP)

Britain's Geraint Thomas wearing the overall leader's yellow jersey toasts with Champagne with Britain Team Sky team principal Sir Dave Brailsford, while Britain's Chris Froome, left, looks on during the 21st and last stage of the 105th edition of the Tour de France cycling race between Houilles and Paris Champs-Elysees, Sunday, July 29, 2018. (Marco Bertorello, Pool via AP)

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The winner of the 2018 Tour de France will cycle through Somerset next month.

File photo dated 26-07-2015 of Team Sky's Chris Froome (right) and Geraint Thomas. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Thursday August 16, 2018. Tour de France winner Geraint Thomas and Chris Froome will line up for Team Sky in the Tour of Britain next month. See PA story CYCLING Tour of Britain. Photo credit should read Mike Egerton/PA Wire.File photo dated 26-07-2015 of Team Sky's Chris Froome (right) and Geraint Thomas. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Thursday August 16, 2018. Tour de France winner Geraint Thomas and Chris Froome will line up for Team Sky in the Tour of Britain next month. See PA story CYCLING Tour of Britain. Photo credit should read Mike Egerton/PA Wire.

Geraint Thomas will ride for Team Sky in the Tour of Britain which begins on September 2.

He will be joined by four-time Tour de France winner Chris Froome.

Stage three of the tour, which will take place on September 4, will see cyclists head to Bristol before riding a 17km route to Yatton.

From there they will head through Congresbury and Langford before climbing Cuck Hill, passing through Axbridge and Cheddar, and then returning to Bristol.

Speaking about the tour, Thomas said: “As soon as I’d finished the Tour de France I knew I wanted to ride the Tour of Britain and race on home roads.

“It starts in Wales, which will be special, and then I get to go and race across the whole of the UK.

“I can’t wait.”

Chris Froome’s previous tour appearances were in 2007 and 2009, and he has only raced once in the UK since the London Olympics in 2012.

He said: “I always remember there being a great atmosphere at the Tour of Britain and the race has only got bigger over the years.

“I am really looking forward to coming back.”

A host of other top road cyclists will also compete, including Olympic champion Mark Cavendish who will ride for Team Dimension Data.

The eigth and final stage of the tour will take place on September 9.

It is the first time the tour has included North Somerset since 2016.

It will be broadcast on Itv4 and Eurosport.

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