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Tour Series final confirmed for Salisbury

Joe Robinson
27 Apr 2018

Town 'open to business' after being rocked by spy poisoning

Salisbury is to host the final of the Ovo Energy Tour Series in May just two months after the town was rocked by the attempted assassination of former Russian double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia Skripal.

The announcement stated that Salisbury 'will proudly show the world that it is open for business by hosting the Grand Final of the Ovo Energy Tour Series' which will take place on the evening of Thursday 31st May. 

Salisbury was propelled into the spotlight suddenly last month after Skripal and his daughter were subject to attempted murder through poisoning with a Novichok nerve agent. The attack also saw a police officer hospitalised. 

However, now the Wiltshire city will be hoping to make the headlines for more positive reasons by hosting the final leg of the Tour Series for the first time in its history.

Salisbury will bring an end to the eight stage event that starts in Redditch, Worcestershire on Thursday 10th May. For the first time ever, both events will also run a parallel women's race.

Both the men and women's field will negotiate the historic cathedral city's 1.2km circuit that starts and finishes adjacent to the Guildhall, which should produce some fast-paced riding.

The event, like all at the Tour Series will be free-to-attend and give the opportunity to watch professional cycling up close and personal.

Tour Series race director Mick Bennett commented on his excitement stating, 'Given the grandeur and the history of Salisbury, not to mention the stunning backdrop of the city’s Guildhall that riders will pass repeatedly, I cannot think of a more fitting place to host the Grand Final of the 10th edition of the OVO Energy Tour Series.

'I’m excited to see how Britain’s best teams respond to the challenge of a new circuit, especially when the Series titles will be on the line.

'It promises to be a fantastic evening of entertainment – and it’s completely free for spectators.'

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