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Gloucestershire to host 2022 Women’s Tour and Tour of Britain with council support


Gloucestershire will host both the Women’s Tour and Tour of Britain in 2022 with support from the county council.​

The Tour of Britain Gloucestershire stage launch, attended by Cllr David Gray (cabinet member for environment and planning), Josie Atkinson (communications business advisor – digital), Siobhan Farmer (deputy director of public health) and Cllr Mark Hawthorne (leader of Gloucestershire County Council).

On Wednesday, 8 June, stage three of the Women’s Tour will begin in Tewkesbury and finish in Gloucester. The route will see the riders head west into the Forest of Dean before heading back west to finish in the heart of the cathedral city by Gloucester Docks.

This will be followed by stage six of the Tour of Britain, the UK’s most prestigious men’s cycle race, visiting the county on Friday, 9 September, with the race also starting in Tewkesbury and finishing in Gloucester. The riders will head east into the Cotswolds, before heading south, then coming up through the Stroud district, and finishing by Gloucester Docks.

The start and finish of both races will be separated by a little over ten miles, allowing fans to easily attend both on race day.

The council’s commitment to supporting tourism and active travel will see it sponsor both races. It will be the first time either race has held a stage start and finish in Gloucestershire.

Cllr Mark Hawthorne, leader of Gloucestershire County Council, said: “I am delighted that we have been able to secure stage three of the Women’s Tour and stage six of the Tour of Britain for Gloucestershire.

“We are confident wherever you live in the county, the one of these races will be coming to a town or village near you.

“Events such as these are key to helping our economy thrive and showcase, to a significant international audience, all that Gloucestershire has to offer.

“The benefits to the county from having two stages will be significant so I hope everyone is getting excited, I know I am.”

In the UK, ITV4 will exclusively broadcast all eight stages of the Tour of Britain live from start to finish, with a one-hour highlights show also shown each evening. The Women’s Tour will also have highlights shown on ITV in the UK.

Coverage of both races will also be shown worldwide on Eurosport and GCN.

For more details on Gloucestershire’s Women’s Tour stage, click here.

For more details on Gloucestershire’s Tour of Britain stage, click here.

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