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Tour of Britain set for most spectacular finale to date as Isle of Wight confirmed for 2022

Originally set for 2021, the Tour of Britain's visit to the Isle of Wight has been confirmed for September 2022

Tour of Britain set for most spectacular finale to date after Isle of Wight rumoured for 2021

Local council papers show the possibility of the Tour of Britain finishing on the Isle of Wight in 2021 – January 2020

The Isle of Wight could host the finale of the 2021 Tour of Britain after the local council revealed proposals to host the race. Without divulging full confirmation, the race organiser and host authority both hinted at it the 2021 edition ending on the rolling roads of the Island, with the latter stating that 'the Tour could even be decided here'.

The Isle of Wight hosted a stage of the Tour Series in 2015 but has not been back since, with speculation that a grumbling minority spooked the authority from agreeing to a return visit.

It now seems that such shortsightedness has been overcome and the council's full release, which can be read here, speaks strongly of the expected economic benefits of hosting the race.

Away from the monetary boost, which could be in excess of £4 million, the racing itself is guaranteed to be exciting. Rolling roads, testing climbs and spectacular scenery mean that riders and spectators - at the roadside and watching on television - will be treated to what could be the Tour of Britain's best-ever finale.

Although small, the island has enough variation in terrain to host several stages. A sea level to near-highest point time trial starting in Ventnor, followed by a long road stage around the lanes of the South and West Wight, finishing with a sprint stage into the seaside town of Ryde - where the Tour Series was held - would be a great three days of racing.

Final confirmation now depends on the Isle of Wight Council, with a cabinet meeting scheduled for Thursday 9th January.