THE finale of the Tour of Britain will be much closer to home this year — at Tennyson Down, on the Isle of Wight. 

The full route for the 18th edition of the eight-day race has been released.

It will begin on September 4 with a 185 kilometre stage from Aberdeen to the Glenshee Ski Centre in the Cairngorms National Park.

Participants will then take on the climb of the Old Military Road — 9.1km in total, with the final five kilometres having an average gradient of 4.8 per cent.

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A week later, the 2022 champion will be crowned at the top of a two kilometre climb to Tennyson Down, at the end of a 150km stage from Ryde, with a 9.6 per cent gradient over the final 400 metres.

In between Scotland and the south coast, the tour will pass through the Scottish borders, Sunderland, North Yorkshire, Nottinghamshire, Gloucestershire and Dorset.

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Organisers will hope the route can serve up something similar to last year’s race, in which Wout Van Aert edged out Britain’s Ethan Hayter by six seconds overall, with world champion Julian Alaphilippe finishing third.

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“As promised when we unveiled the Tour of Britain’s host regions in February, this year’s race features a number of surprises," said race director, Mick Bennett.

"None more so than hill-top finishes to start and end the eight days of world-class competition.

“Creating a route that encourages aggressive racing and brave tactics
from day one will enhance the reputation of the race, leave the one million plus spectators watching on in person for free with long-lasting memories, showcase the stunning beauty of our host venues, and repeatedly entertain a worldwide audience.” 

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