23 August 2019
The OVO Energy Tour of Britain is the UK’s biggest professional cycle race. The 174-kilometre (108-mile) Wirral stage is on Wednesday 11 September. The stage will pass through Chester, Boughton and Ellesmere Port during the day.
The full route and timetable for the Wirral stage is available on the Tour of Britain website.
The stage is due to start in Birkenhead park at 11am returning at approximately 3.30pm.
West Cheshire approximate times
|Enters north of Neston
|Watergate Arch at Racecourse
|HQ and Grosvenor Bridge
||12.05pm then out along Sealand Road
|Cross A41 at Waverton
|Cross A51 at Tarvin
|King of mountains at Willington Hill
|Joins A56 at Bridge Trafford
|Leaves borough on A540
Councillor Louise Gittins, Leader of Cheshire West and Chester Council said: “I’d like to welcome all of the riders as they literally fly through our borough. The riders can reach speeds of 38 to 46kmph depending on the road conditions.
“The route will give a lot of people the chance to cheer the riders as they make their way around the area. The riders are within a rolling road closure, there may be some delays on the route.”
The race is televised live on ITV4 from start to finish, and broadcast around the world.
Riders will include Four-time Tour de France stage winner Dylan Groenewegen. The 26-year-old Dutchman has ridden in the OVO Energy Tour of Britain twice before winning stages on both occasions, in Builth Wells in 2016 and Cheltenham in 2017.
Fellow Dutchman Mathieu van der Poel (Corendon – Circus Cycling Team), will also be visiting Cheshire this follows him winning the opening stage of the Arctic Race of Norway last week.
The race starts from George Square in Glasgow on Saturday 7 September and concludes for the first time in Greater Manchester on Saturday 14 September.
Dylan Groenewegen wins in Cheltenham (credited to ‘SWPix’)