Tour of Britain to miss resort

Team Sky's Mark Cavendish (centre)  wins the sprint to take the Tour of Britain Stage 4 on Blackpool Promenade .

Team Sky's Mark Cavendish (centre) wins the sprint to take the Tour of Britain Stage 4 on Blackpool Promenade .

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ORGANISERS of the Tour of Britain have dropped Blackpool’s stage for 2013.

The major sporting event will not be passing through the resort this year after organisers decided in favour of a race through the Lake District instead.

It means local fans will be denied the chance to catch a glimpse of Olympic hero Sir Bradley Wiggins in the resort.

Last year’s event saw thousands of supporters flock to Blackpool’s Golden Mile to see Mark Cavendish win the Carlisle to Blackpool stage in September after 2011’s race to the resort was called off.

Peter Hodges, a spokesman for the Tour of Britain, said: “The race moves around every year and we go to different places.

“Every year there’s been a variation in the route and unfortunately we only have eight days and we can’t go everywhere in eight days.

“It’s been in Yorkshire before but that’s not featured this year either.

“Britain is a big place to have a bike race and that’s why somewhere has to miss out each year.”

Claire Smith, president of Stay Blackpool, is optimistic another major event will return in the Tour of Britain’s place.

She said: “It’s always sad when we miss out.

“The Tour of Britain event was a good quality event and it’s a shame because we could’ve done with more things like that, but I’m sure it will be replaced.

“We were a good venue to finish because we are committed to cycling with our bikes and cycle lanes, but we need to look at what else we can bring to the town.”

A spokesman for Marketing Blackpool said: “It is disappointing Blackpool will not be included in this year’s Tour of Britain.

“Many residents and visitors enjoy seeing such an exciting event in the resort and we would hope to see it return in the future.”

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