Tour of Britain: Stage eight preview!

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The final stage of the 2022 Tour of Britain becomes a tour of the Isle of Wight as the 148.9km route takes us to the north, south, east and west of the 146 square mile island. Starting in the north-east town of Ryde, the peloton rides east along the coast to Bembridge before riding west of the island via Robin Hill, Brightstone and Shalcombe. The race will then visit Totland for the first of two visits through stage eight before riding through Yarmouth and on to Cowes.

The riders then head through Newport, the county town of the Isle of Wight and then on two climbs in close succession. The final leg of stage eight sees the peloton ride along Military Road, with picturesque views of the coast as they head to their final climb at The Needles.

Tennyson Down on the Isle of Wight, which marks the finish for stage eight of the Tour of Britain

Tennyson Down, the final climb on the way to the finish at stage eight of the Tour of Britain 2022.

What is the route?

Tour of Britain stage eight route map

The world's oldest seaside pleasure pier will be in view as the riders start stage eight in Ryde, riding along the Esplanade, before riding parallel to the northeast coast and on to the islands most easterly village Bembridge. The first of three coastal sprints will take place in Sandown as the riders prepare for a tough category one climb at Brading Down. After riding alongside Robin Hill, the group then ride through Main Road in the village of Rookley, which the riders will see again coming from the opposite direction after riding all the way west to Totland, to the northernmost point in Cowes, and through the heart of the island in Newport.

The final leg of the stage sees the riders take on two climbs in the southeast, Cowleaze Hill and Zig Zag Road before an initial descent towards the finish line. The riders will pedal along one of the most scenic roads in the tour, Military Road. Here, spectators will not only be able to take in the excitement of the last push of effort from the riders but will also be able to take in their surroundings of this beauty spot. The Tour of Britain will then conclude at the Isle of Wight’s most Westerly point, the Needles, finishing on a category two climb.

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