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Felixstowe to host Start and Finish of the Tour of Britain Suffolk

Stage Five of UK’s most prestigious men’s cycling race, The Tour of Britain, will start and finish in Felixstowe, Suffolk, home of the largest container port in the UK, it has been announced.

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This stage will mark Suffolk’s first appearance in the men’s Tour of Britain since 2017 and its first time as stage start point.

Lasting for eight days the Tour begins in Greater Manchester on 3rd September before arriving in Suffolk on Thursday 7th September. With a worldwide television audience of 30.7million and 1.4million roadside spectators Britain’s largest free to attend sporting event contributes around £19 million to the UK economy.*

The Tour attracts the world’s top teams and riders and the likes of Mark Cavendish, Geraint Thomas, Primoz Roglic, Julian Alaphilippe, Wout Van Aert, Mathieu van der Poel, Tom Dumoulin, Caleb Ewan and Tom Boonen have all competed and enjoyed success in the event.

To amplify the anticipation surrounding the reveal, a social media teaser campaign ran throughout last week. Each day revealed a different landmark on the route with imagery projected onto three iconic Suffolk landmarks. The majestic Orwell Bridge, historic Framlingham Castle, and an Apache helicopter at Wattisham Airbase have all featured.

“We are thrilled to showcase the full route of the Tour of Britain through the engaging and innovative approach of our social media campaign,” said Karen Chapman, Partnership Manager, Suffolk Growth. “The projection mapping onto Suffolk’s landmarks has generated tremendous excitement. This event is a fantastic opportunity for the community to come together and celebrate this world-class cycling event in our beautiful county.”

The event not only promotes a healthy and active lifestyle but also boosts tourism, providing a platform for showcasing the natural beauty and heritage of the host regions.

Mick Bennett, Race Director, Tour of Britain, said, “The build-up by our partners in Suffolk and Motion Mapping has been inspiring and really built up the excitement for this route reveal. It has been great to see famous locations in Suffolk illuminated with the Tour of Britain brand and we now look forward to lighting up the county with some exciting racing from the world’s best teams and riders in September”.

*Official 2019 Tour figure