Television coverage of the OVO Energy Tour of Britain has steadily improved in the last few years but 2017 will be the first time that ITV4 has screened all eight stages from start to finish in their entirety. Brilliant for us cycling fans but perhaps less so for our employers as we surreptitiously stream the action at our desks!
ITV4 actually celebrates broadcasting the Tour of Britain for 10 years this year – it’s shown daily highlights since 2008, and started live coverage of the last few hours of each stage in 2012. Coverage, with Matt Barbet and Yanto Barker starts at 10:15 on Sunday, September the 3rd, with the 190km stage one from Edinburgh to Kelso.
This year’s OVO Energy Tour of Britain, which finishes in Cardiff on September the 10th, looks likely to favour sprinters which bodes well for Mark Cavendish if he recovers from the injuries sustained at the Tour de France. Also riding are recently crowned European Champion Alexander Kristoff, World Time Trial Champion Tony Martin and Team Sky’s Michal Kwiatkowski. Geraint Thomas has also announced that he’ll take part now that broken bits have mended.
Rob has been pedalling Cycling Plus since 2007. His first proper road bikes were a Raleigh Sprint in the early 1980s and then a Trek 1000 in 1999. A former competitive runner, Rob has repeatedly threatened to become a competitive cyclist in every discipline from time-trailling to hill climbing to bike polo. We're still waiting.