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AJ Bell Tour of Britain Cycle Race
CANCELLED AS A MARK OF RESPECT FOLLOWING THE PASSING OF HER MAJESTY THE QUEEN
‘Further to the earlier statement in relation to the cancellation of stage six as a mark of respect following the passing of Her Majesty The Queen, the organisers of the AJ Bell Tour of Britain can additionally confirm that stages seven (Dorset) and eight (Isle of Wight) will not take place.
This decision has been taken in consultation with stakeholders and partners in light of operational circumstances, including the understandable reassignment of police resource at this time.
Therefore, the final standings will be taken following the conclusion of stage five on Thursday 8 September. The winner of the AJ Bell Tour of Britain 2022 will be Gonzalo Serrano (Movistar Team).
Additionally, the respective classification leaders – Tom Pidcock (Dodl by AJ Bell points), Mathijs Paasschens (ŠKODA King of the Mountains) and Matthew Teggart (Sportsbreaks.com sprints) – will also be declared the winners of those competitions.
The Tour of Britain organisation, alongside the teams, riders and officials involved in the event, send their deepest condolences to the Royal Family at this sad time.’
The AJ Bell Tour of Britain, the UK’s most prestigious cycle race is coming though Wareham!
Stage seven of the UK race is coming to Dorset. Olympic, world and Tour de France cyclists will be taking part in this not to be missed event.
The race will run parallel with the West Dorset Heritage coast before passing through Dorchester, West Lulworth and Corfe Castle. The route heads inland towards Wareham, Milton Abbas and Wimborne Minster. The Stage Seven route finishes at Ferndown around 3pm and will be televised live on ITV4.
The key date for Wareham is the 10th September where you can watch the race coming through Stoborough, Wareham (South Street and West Street) estimated between 1-2 pm.
Sprint Race in Wareham
Wareham will host a sprint race as part of Stage Seven Tour of Britain cycling race. There are three Sprint races during each Stage and the second sprint of the day will be taking place in Wareham along South Street. This is where riders get the chance to earn points towards the Sprint Jersey and also bonus seconds to be taken off their overall race time.
Sprints are very popular parts of the Tour of Britain and are a great place for spectators to cheer on the riders. Be sure to get there early for a good position to watch the riders as they cycle through.
After the riders leave South Street, they will turn left into West Street and along Worgret Road towards Puddletown Road.
South Street and West Street will not be closed completely during the day, but cars will not have access (including car parks at the Quay, St. Johns Hill and Streche Road) for around 15 minutes before the riders and their support vehicles arrive and travel through for their safety.
Due to the popularity of the event, it is suggested to arrive by public transport, walk or cycle if you can. If you are driving to Wareham, it is advised to arrive as early as possible or use car parks at Howard’s Lane, Bonnets Lane or Rempstone Centre via North Street.