Tour of Britain 'welcomed' back to Devon

The Tour of Britain will return to Devon this year with a stage running from Exmouth the Exeter.

Britain's biggest cycle race takes place from Sunday 7 September to Sunday 14 September, broken up into nine stages.

Stage 5, on September 11th, will bring the world class competitors to the streets of Devon.

Stage 5 of the race is held in Devon on 11 September 2014.
Stage 5 of the race is held in Devon on 11 September 2014. Credit: Tour of Britain

Last year 250,000 people turned out to see the race, generating £9.5 million for the economy.

Councillor Stuart Hughes from Devon County Council says hosting a stage in Devon again this year will bring benefits to the county.

The tour comes in the middle of the cycling race season, and this year has been scheduled earlier in the year to avoid clashing with the World Road Championships.

Details of the route were announced at a press conference in London last night.

Race Director Mick Bennett says the course will be challenging but fair.

Bob Constantine reports:-