Sir Bradley Wiggins will race into Stoke-on-Trent tomorrow (Wednesday) as the leader of this year’s Tour of Britain.
The four-time Olympic gold medallist will wear the leader’s gold jersey, after convincingly winning the time trial third stage of the race in Knowsley this afternoon.
It means that Wiggins will line-up outside The Potteries Museum and Art Gallery in the city centre in first place for the first time, in the biggest road race in the country.
The stage marks the sixth consecutive year that the race has visited Stoke-on-Trent, and Wiggins’ golden performance is expected to be a major draw for thousands of cycling fans who will flock to the city.
Stoke-on-Trent City Council leader Mohammed Pervez said:
“The quality of riders lining up in Stoke-on-Trent, and racing through our streets is truly world class. We’ve been following the stage results very closely, and it will be a special occasion to see Sir Bradley wear the race leader’s jersey for the first time in our city centre.
“Cycling is a really important part of our city; we have more than 100 miles of cycle routes and we encourage residents to ride bikes for sustainable travel and also as part of a healthy lifestyle.
“To have role models like Sir Bradley, and the other professional riders – including promising young British cyclists – compete in our city is a great way of promoting cycling for sport and leisure, for all the family.”
As well as Sir Bradley – the first Briton to ever win the Tour de France – a host of other top name cyclists will compete in Stoke-on-Trent, including British champion and sprint king Mark Cavendish; Columbian sensation Nairo Quintana, who finished second in this year’s Tour de France at his first attempt; and Irish rider Dan Martin who won the prestigious Liege-Bastogne-Liege cycle race in April.
The Stoke-on-Trent stage is the fourth leg of this year’s Tour of Britain, and riders will loop through the city centre, pass through Stoke and Trentham, and out on a gruelling 118-mile route to Llanberis and the foot of mount Snowdon.
Road closures for the Tour of Britain Stoke-on-Trent leg:
- Warner Street, Hanley, which will be closed between 3am and 4pm between Broad Street and Cannon Street;
- Bethesda Street, Hanley, which will be closed between 3am and 4pm between Broad Street and John Street;
- Albion Street, Hanley, which will be closed between 3am and 1pm;
- Broad Street, Hanley, which will be closed between 3am and 1pm;
- Morley Street, Hanley, which will also be closed between 3am and 1pm.
Temporary closures of between 15 and 30 minutes will also be in place between 10am and 11.59am as riders pass through.
The affected roads are:
- Old Hall Street, Hanley, between Albion Street and Parliament Row;
- Parliament Row and Upper Market Square, Hanley;
- Town Road, Hanley, between Parliament Row and Potteries Way;
- Potteries Way, Hanley, between Town Road and Lichfield Street;
- Lichfield Street, Hanley;
- Leek Road, Hanley, between Lichfield Street and Glebe Street, Stoke;
- Glebe Street, Stoke;
- Church Street, Stoke, between Glebe Street and Lonsdale Street;
- Lonsdale Street, Stoke, between Church Street and Fleming Road;
- Fleming Road, Stoke, between Lonsdale Street and London Road;
- London Road, Stoke, between Fleming Road and Stone Road;
- Stone Road, Trentham, between London Road and Longton Road;
- Longton Road, Trentham, between Stone Road and Barlaston Old Road;
- Barlaston Old Road, Barlaston and Old Road, in Stone.