Newport’s economy will get another sporting boost next month when Welsh Tour de France winner Geraint Thomas arrives in the city.
It was announced today that Thomas and four-time Tour de France winner and reigning Giro d’Italia champion Chris Froome will ride together for Team Sky in the OVO Energy Tour of Britain for the first time since 2009.
Newport hosts the finish of the first stage of the prestigious and high-profile event on the afternoon of Sunday, September 2.
Riders including the British pair, who were placed first and third in last month’s Tour de France, will cross the finishing line at the end of the first stage on Kingsway in the city centre, near the University of South Wales campus.
It will be Thomas’ second appearance back in Wales since winning the Tour de France, after his homecoming celebrations in Cardiff last week.
The opening stage – and all other stages – of the race will be broadcast live on ITV4 and Eurosport, putting Newport well and truly in the national and international spotlight for the day.
Race Director Mick Bennett said:
“We’re honoured and thrilled that Geraint Thomas and Chris Froome will lead Team Sky at this year’s OVO Energy Tour of Britain.
“To have two of Britain’s greatest ever riders – the reigning Tour de France and Giro d’Italia winners no less – competing in the race is fantastic news for our fans, who will line the streets in order to catch a glimpse of the heroes.
“We saw the amazing response that Geraint received during his homecoming celebrations in Cardiff last week – the fact that Stage One takes place entirely within Wales means the whole country will be able to celebrate his incredible success in France from the summer.”
The OVO Energy Tour of Britain is British Cycling’s premier road cycling event, giving cycling fans the opportunity to see the world’s best teams and riders competing on their doorstep, taking place between September 2 and 9.
For more information about the first stage, including a map of the route and details of road closures visit www.newport.gov.uk/events