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The Isle of Wight Council is set to make a decision of whether or not to support hosting the Tour of Britain, Tour Series criterium and Women’s Tour cycling events in 2020.

It has been over 4 years since the Pearl Izumi Tour Series took place in Ryde, but professional cycling could soon return to the Island’s streets giving fans the chance to see the world’s best racing on their doorsteps.

According to official documents, a decision will be made on ‘international cycling events’ by the Council’s Cabinet on 10th October.

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For 2019, the Tour Series has visited Worcestershire, North Lanarkshire, Aberdeen, County Durham, Wirrall, Wiltshire and Surrey. Meanwhile, the Tour of Britain has passed through Glasgow, the Scottish Borders, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Gateshead, Wirral, Worcestershire, Warwick and Manchester. The Women’s Tour visited Stowmarket, Kent, Henley, Warwick, Llandrindod Wells and Carmarthen.

This year’s racing has been televised and broadcast through both ITV4 and Eurosport, which could mean worldwide coverage for the Island should one or all of the events take place here.

Further details are yet to be released about the ambitious plans, which are being led by Councillor Wayne Whittle.

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The Disenfranchised

Isle of Wight used as a playground again, fab idea and good for the shareholders of Wightlink (politicians and councillors) I simply must buy more shares, it won’t have any adverse effect on the smooth traffic flow on the Wight either!

phil shannon

at least the roads on the route will be resurfaced…

Az-zahra Aziz

Best fill in the pot holes a little faster then, or invest in puncture repair outfits.

Roger Tyler

I’m not sure if I agree with the tours taking place on the Island. Mainly because of the chaos it will bring to our roads. They will be bad enough as it is as St. Mary’s roundabout will be closed down at that time ( until December 2020 ) plus our roads are congested enough with all the holiday makers as it is. Otherwise it’s a great idea!!

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