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2018 Tour of Britain: this year's route revealed

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The 2018 Tour of Britain route has been announced with cyclists passing through Southwell - but not Newark.

Stage 7 of the tour will be held on Saturday 8 September beginning in West Bridgford with the finish line in Mansfield. 

Competitors will pass through nearby villages Southwell, Norwell and Ossington but will avoid Newark town itself. 

In 2017, Newark played host to the stage 4 finish line and was well received by spectators when cycling's top performers raced down Farndon Road at the finish.

For some, however, there will be relief at the news as last year's competition caused much disruption to people's daily routines when roads were closed and lengthy diversions put in place.

Taking place from 2 to 9 September, the 1,140-kilometre route will take the world’s top riders from Pembrey Country Park on the Carmarthenshire coast in South Wales to the streets of Central London, via Devon, Bristol, Warwickshire, Cumbria and Nottinghamshire across eight stages of racing.

The first 14 teams have been confirmed including Quick-Step Floors, Team Sky and Katusha Alpecin.

The race will include a Team Time Trial for the first time as well as a summit finish on Whinlatter Pass in Cumbria on Stage Six.

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