SOME of the biggest names in world cycling will pass through Wrexham and Flintshire as part of the Tour of Britain.
The second stage of the race, which has seen top riders including last year’s winner Bradley Wiggins, Mark Cavendish and Nairo Quintana compete in the past, will go through Wrexham and Mold on its way to Llandudno.
On September 8, the 200km stage two will take the racers from Knowsley on Merseyside into North Wales to the stage finish in Llandudno.
The exact route of streets and times is still to be finalised, with an announcement due in the summer.
Dave Williams, a secretary with the Wrexham Roads Cycling Club, said it was a major boost to know the massive event will be rolling back through the region again this year.
“It’s great to have it back here again,” he said.
“Last year there were so many people and children who came out on the streets to watch and it is once again a great chance to see the pros.
“I think having the tour here again will help more local people get bikes and take up cycling.
“Over the last year it has increased and you can only see that happening again. It’s great for the sport.”
Cllr Mark Pritchard, deputy leader of Wrexham Council, said the announcement was “great news”.
He said: “It is fantastic to have it back here again. Having these high profile events is great news for Wrexham and the more we have of them the better. “
Last year the route took to main roads and smaller streets in Bangor-on-Dee, Wrexham, Llay, Cefn-y-Bedd, Caergwrle, Pontblyddyn and Mold.
Cllr Derek Butler, Flintshire Council cabinet member, said: “This is another coup for Flintshire and follows on from the Wales Rally GB that we have got for at least another two years.
“It puts us on the map and for Mold in particular this is welcome. Hopefully, it can boost trade in the area.”
Mold councillor Andrea Mearns said: “This is really good news.
“Anything that brings new groups of people to the town has to be good.
“It will also bring in people from surrounding towns and villages who could perhaps stay after the tour who will want food and drink.”
Liverpool has been chosen as the host city for the Grand Depart on Sunday, September 7.
The opening day consists of a ten-lap, 130km stage starting and finishing on The Strand, beneath the world-recognised skyline of the city’s Three Graces. There will also be an individual time trial in London.
After Stage Two there will be another opportunity for people to see the riders a little further south in Mid Wales, where stage three will see the riders start off in Newtown, Powys.
Welsh First Minister Carwyn Jones said: “The Tour of Britain is an opportunity for us to showcase Wales’ unique and beautiful landscape to the world, as well as highlighting our ability to host a variety of major events.”