Caton ready to welcome cycling stars

Thor Hushovd of Norway celebrates as he crosses the finish line to win the 13th stage of the Tour de France cycling race over 152.2 kilometers (94.6 miles) starting in Pau and finishing in Lourdes, Pyrenees region, France, Friday July 15, 2011. (AP Photo/Laurent Rebours)
Thor Hushovd of Norway celebrates as he crosses the finish line to win the 13th stage of the Tour de France cycling race over 152.2 kilometers (94.6 miles) starting in Pau and finishing in Lourdes, Pyrenees region, France, Friday July 15, 2011. (AP Photo/Laurent Rebours)

SOME of the world’s top cyclists will be coming to the district next month.

The second stage of this year’s Tour of Britain runs from Kendal to Blackpool and is set to pass through North Lancashire.

The 137km ride, on Monday, September 12, will take in Wennington, at around 11.36 and then Caton at 11.52 before finishing outside Blackpool Tower just after 1.30pm.

The major name announced for this year’s race is Tour de France star Thor Hushovd.

The Norwegian won two thrilling stages in this year’s race and is the reigning world road race champion.

He heads up a Garmin-Cervelo squad that includes British riders Dave Millar, Daniel Lloyd and Roger Hammond.

Last year’s race featured names such as Welsh Olympic gold medalist Geraint Thomas and was won by Swiss rider Michael Albasini.

This year’s Tour de France runner-up Andy Schleck has also raced in the event, winning the King of the Mountains jersey in 2006.

Top cyclists from 16 teams will start this stage of the country’s biggest professional cycle race at 10.30am at Abbot Hall Park, Kendal.

After cycling through Kendal town centre they will then take the B6257 down through Firbank, passing the outskirts of Sedbergh before heading south on the A683 towards Middleton and then Casterton.

See the Lancaster Guardian (18-08-11) for full story.