London’s authorities have been lauding its cycling credentials as plans are revealed for the Tour of Britain to begin and end in the nation’s capital.
The eight-day 92.5km Tour will take in London’s iconic landmarks and is hoped will inspire more people to get into cycling.
The Tour of Britain will take in start and end in London, taking in Big Ben, Somerset House, The Tower of London and other sights. It is the sixth time the Tour has been brought to the Capital.
London Mayor Boris Johnson said: “The Tour of Britain is an inspiring event, which can only help to encourage more and more people to get involved with cycling.
“I’m pleased that London can once again play its part, and I’m sure that this year will be a great success – helping us on our way to becoming a true cycling city.’
Surface Transport MD David Brown added: “Cycling is undergoing a real revolution in the Capital, with Londoners getting out on their bikes in numbers not seen in decades.
“Events such as the Tour of Britain help inspire people to try out cycling for themselves, and are a really important part of TfL’s work to encourage and promote cycling in the Capital.”
Visit London interim Chief Executive Sally Chatterjee said: “London is the ideal iconic backdrop to host the final stage of the Tour of Britain and we are delighted that this is the first of three finals which will take place in the Capital.
“Cycling is a fantastic way for everyone to enjoy the city whether you’re a top professional or a leisure visitor.
“The race is a great way to get that message across and I’m delighted to welcome the Tour of Britain back to the streets of London once again.”