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North Wales prepares to welcome The Tour of Britain

Published: 05/09/2014

Flintshire is set to welcome some of the biggest names in cycling on Day Two of the Friends Life Tour of Britain. This year’s Stage Two route will head through Wrexham, Flintshire and Denbighshire before finishing in Llandudno, Conwy on Monday 8 September. Top Tour de France Teams; Team Sky, Omega Pharma Quick-Step, Movistar and BMC are expected to lead the way. Twenty teams will be competing overall with well over 100 riders; including one of the world’s leading sprinters Mark Cavendish. Last year’s defending champion Sir Bradley Wiggins, as part of Team Sky, will be joined in a six-man line up by: Ian Stannard, Ben Swift, Bernhard Eisel, David Lopez and Sebastian Henao. Speaking about racing the eleventh edition of the race, Sir Bradley Wiggins said: The Tour of Britain is a special race for me so to be returning as defending champion is a real honour. Its always been a tough race but the support we receive from the fans is incredible, and its our home tour so Ive always enjoyed racing it. Thousands lined the route through Flintshire last year and large crowds are sure to be out in force again showing their support for the riders this year as the Tour passes through Mold town centre and on to the stage finish at Llandudno. Cllr. Kevin Jones Cabinet Member with responsibility for Leisure said: The Friends Life Tour of Britain is an exciting, high profile event highlights of which will be seen on television across the world. I am delighted that this and the extensive coverage in the local and national press and online will bring Flintshire to the attention of a vast international audience. This is a fantastic opportunity for local people to see the cream of international cycling in action and I am sure crowds will be out in force to enjoy the excitement and thrill of the race. The riders are expected to reach Flintshire at 12.30hrs, travelling on A541 from Cefn Y Bedd to Llong then join B5444 Wrexham Street, High Street and Upper High Street, Mold before heading out of Flintshire on the A541 towards St. Asaph. Rolling road closures will be in operation along the route which may result in delays of approximately 15-20 minutes. B5444 High Street and Upper High Street will be closed between 10.00hrs and 13.30hrs. Editor’s note For media images, please visit