Tour of Britain Returns to Scotland

Tour of Britain mascot ToBi joined children from St Michael's Primary School at the famous Devorgilla Bridge in Dumfries today (Monday 28 May), for the official launch of the Scottish Stage of the 2012 Tour of Britain.

Returning to the Scottish Borders and Dumfries & Galloway, the 2012 Tour of Britain will see some of the best road cyclists in the world race from Jedburgh to Dumfries. Taking place on 11 September, stage three of this year's Tour will undoubtedly be one of the most spectacular as the route takes in some of Scotland's most picturesque scenery.

After leaving Jedburgh the riders will head west, through Hawick, and the Craik Forest to St Mary's Loch. From Moffat the stage heads via Johnstonebridge and Lochmaben, before entering Dumfries for three laps of a short 13km finishing circuit, which will give spectators extra chances to catch a glimpse of the action.

Commenting on the announcement, Team Raleigh – GAC’s Evan Oliphant said; “Its great to have The Tour of Britain back in Scotland again it's always special to race on home roads in such a prestigious event. Finishing in Dumfries also adds a special touch as I have family who live there.”

Last year's stage was won by the 'Manx-Missile' Mark Cavendish, who went on to win the World Championships, and fans will be hoping to see the sport's elite riders, just five weeks after the London Olympics.

Paul Bush OBE, Chief Operating Officer for EventScotland said: "Scotland is the perfect stage for events and the stunning route between Jedburgh and Dumfries will undoubtedly provide the ideal backdrop for the Tour of Britain, by showcasing some of Scotland's best roads and offering a real test for the riders."

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