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Geraint Thomas will cycle through Devon in the Tour of Britain

Tour de France winner Geraint Thomas is due to compete in the Tour of Britain. Credit: PA

2018 Tour de France winner Geraint Thomas will be riding through Devon this September when he competes in the Tour of Britain.

The race returns to the region for Stage Two on 3 September, starting from the UK's newest town, Cranbrook and finishing in Barnstaple, which last welcomed competitors back in 2012. It is the competition's tenth visit to Devon in the past 12 years.

Geraint Thomas and Chris Froome toast their success in the Tour de France 2018. Credit: PA

Team Sky has announced that the Tour de France champion Geraint Thomas and third-placed Chris Froome will ride together in the Tour of Britain for the first time since 2009. The Welshman is a regular, having ridden it eight times since his debut with a Great British national team in 2005.

As soon as I’d finished the Tour 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.

– Geraint Thomas

It's something that Devon is looking forward to as well. The race always brings a boost to the economy and people will flock to line the route to cheer on the competitors on the day.

People in Devon are likely to come out in force to cheer the riders on - this was taken in 2014. Credit: PA