STAGE 1 DATE
Friday 9th August 2019
THE OFFICIAL START
Slessor Gardens, Riverside Esplanade,
Start Time: 12h15
Finish Time: 15h00
What can we expect?
Stage 1 looks very straight forward on paper with the General Classification (GC) contenders unlikely to lose too much time throughout the majority of the day.
The first sprint of the race comes at Cupar which offers a prime position for spectators to catch a glimpse of the riders, with the sprinters looking to take the first points of the day in the battle for the Motorola sprints jersey.
The feedzone just before the final sprint of the day is a great location for locals to be able to catch sight of the riders as the fuel up ready for the final 38km left to race.
The second Queen of the Mountains climb that day, The Cleish, could well make things interesting and comes with only 15km to go. Fans watching on the climb could well see any riders with aspirations to win the Baillie Gifford Leaders Jersey looking to attack in a bid to take any small advantage they can.
This could see the end of the stage result in a small bunch sprint, or some riders attacking in a bid to breakaway and finish alone in to the streets of Dunfermline.
Estimated times and places to catch the race on day one:
12.15 – Race depart time
12.51 – Sprint 1 Cupar 20.8 km
13.24 – QOM 1 Grange of Lindores 45km
13.38 – Sprint 2 Falkland 54.9km
13.45 – Feed Zone, Leslie 62.6km
13.58 – Sprint 3 Leslie 65.3km
14.23 – QOM 2 Cleish Hill 87.2km
14.45 – Race arrival Pittencrieff Park, Dunfermline
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