Tour of Britain: Stage seven preview!

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The penultimate stage of this year’s race visits Dorset for the first time as the route takes us from West Bay, known for its golden cliffs, across a parallel route to Dorset’s Jurassic Coast UNESCO World Heritage Site. Stage seven will see the peloton run through Dorchester, West Lulworth and Corfe Castle before heading inland to take on the routes’ third climb at Okeford Hill, then moving on to the finish line in the town of Ferndown.

Although this marks the modern race’s first visit to Dorset, the county was home to multiple stages of the Milk Race – a forerunner of the Tour of Britain.

Corfe Castle, Dorset which marks the halfway point of stage seven of the Tour of Britain

Corfe Castle, which marks the halfway point of stage seven of the Tour of Britain 2022

What is the route?

Tour of Britain stage seven route map

Starting along West Bays Bridport Harbour, the riders head east running alongside the West Dorset Heritage coast before heading north to the stage’s first sprint in the historic market town of Dorchester. The peloton moves further east along Dorset’s Jurassic coast where the riders will meet their first climb, Daggers Gate, north of one of Dorset’s most famous landmarks, Durdle Door. Racing further east still, the riders will meet their second climb, Whiteways Hill before heading on to Corfe Castle.

83km into the stage and the peloton will speed through its second sprint in Wareham and on through Milton Abbas to the stages final climb Okeford Hill. The final quarter of stage seven sees the peloton race through Verwood before heading south through the village of West Moors and on to the finish line in Ferndown on Victoria Road.

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