Organizers of the Tour of Britain announced Stage 3 of the 2007 edition of the race. Running from Worcester to Wolverhampton on Wednesday, September 12, stage 3 is expected to be one of the toughest stages of this year's tour.
Races will tackle three King of the Mountain climbs at Malvern, Ridgeway Cross, Ankerdine Hill. They'll also pass through Three Counties Showground and Ironbridge Gorge. After many undulations, the race will approach Wolverhampton from the direction of Bridgnorth. The last three miles of the race will see the riders heading in from Compton, rising up past Wolverhampton Grammar school before turning onto the finishing straight, the ring road between Penn Road island and Chapel Ash. With several climbs this finale could provide a springboard to victory for anyone with the energy to launch an attack at the end of this gruelling stage.
Wolverhampton previously hosted a stage start in 2006, and Councillor Peter Bilson welcomed the race back. "It is fantastic that Wolverhampton has again been given the opportunity to host this major National sporting event. It is thanks to the people of Wolverhampton, who gave the sport such a warm welcome last year, that organisers have invited the City to host this event for the second year running".
"2007 will be the third consecutive year that the Tour of Britain has visited the West Midlands region and this route is the most ambitious to date," said Paul Rowlands from the Tour of Britain.