Bradley Wiggins to race to Caerphilly in Tour of Britain
22nd Aug 2012
Caerphilly is getting set to welcome Tour of France and Olympic Gold winner Bradley Wiggins and world race champion Mark Cavendish when they compete in the Tour of Britain.
The pair will be among 100 riders who will compete in Wales on 14 September. The Welsh stage starts at Powis Castle, Welshpool, and finishes in Caerphilly. The Tour of Britain runs from 9 to 16 September in a series of eight stages.
Stage 6 will begin at Powis Castle, heading south with a sprint through Kerry before arriving in Newtown. The Tour continues through Llandrindod Wells for a second sprint, then Builth Wells, and a new "King of the Mountains" climb over Mynydd Epynt.
The route then goes through the Brecon Beacons towards Ystrad Mynach, following the old road through Llanbradach to Caerphilly.
The competitors then face two gruelling climbs to the top of Caerphilly mountain, before coming back down into the town for the finale against the backdrop of Caerphilly Castle. Caerphilly council leader Harry Andrews was pleased at the prospect of welcoming Wiggins and his team to Wales he said:
"It is a great honour that Caerphilly County Borough will play host to this extraordinary champion, shortly after he has inspired the nation with his Tour de France and Olympic successes, I would encourage as many people as possible to get involved with this incredible event by coming along to support all of the riders as they make their way through our county borough."
Source: BBC Wales