From Paris to Pembrey?

131 days ago

Cyclist Geraint Thomas

Tour de France winner Geraint Thomas could be amongst the world-class cyclists to race through Carmarthenshire in September as it hosts Stage One of the prestigious Tour of Britain.

The eyes of the world have followed Geraint’s historic win at the world’s biggest cycling road race which culminated with a victory parade in Paris on Sunday, and now their eyes will turn to Carmarthenshire where the Welsh cycling star could be leading Team Sky – one of the confirmed teams for the race along with favourites BMC Racing Team, Team Katusha Alpecin, Team LottoNL-Jumbo and Team Dimension Data.

Individual riders are due to be announced on August 13.

Pembrey County Park will host the Tour of Britain Grand Depart on Sunday September 2 where riders will start Stage One before travelling north through Carmarthenshire en-route to the stage finish in Newport.

Thousands of people are expected to line the route, which travels through Pembrey to Kidwelly and Carmarthen, then on towards Llandeilo and Llandovery before crossing the Brecon Beacons.

Event details are available on DiscoverCarmarthenshire.com, along with the full route, tips on the best places to see the race, events, things to do, places to stay, volunteer opportunities and competitions.

Cllr Peter Hughes Griffiths, Carmarthenshire County Council’s Executive Board Member for Culture, Sport and Tourism, said: “We are proud to be bringing the biggest cycling race in the UK right here to our doorstep.

“With Geraint Thomas’s historic Tour de France win, and his local Bancyfelin family connections, we’re expecting thousands of local people and visitors to turn out to catch a glimpse of the race in Carmarthenshire, and we hope that Geraint will be taking part.

“This is a massive opportunity for Carmarthenshire with live televised coverage throughout the day – a perfect opportunity for us to showcase our wonderful coast and countryside to millions of people across the world.”