The south west stage of the Tour of Britain race will bring the top cycling spectacle to North Devon. The 185km stage through the region on September 9 has been unveiled as the longest of the entire race. Organisers predict it will again prove the toughe

The south west stage of the Tour of Britain race will bring the top cycling spectacle to North Devon.The 185km stage through the region on September 9 has been unveiled as the longest of the entire race. Organisers predict it will again prove the toughest of the event, setting off from Chard in Somerset, before crossing the Blackdown Hills with a "King of the Mountains" climb. The 80km route through Devon takes in Tiverton, South Molton and another "King of the Mountain" trial in North Molton before continuing on to Exmoor and Somerset, finishing in Burnham-on-Sea.Councillor Jeremy Yabsley, Devon County Councillor for South Molton Rural, said: "Hosting part of this stage of the Tour of Britain is a real coup for Devon and I'm sure South Molton and North Molton can provide the backdrop and challenge required for such a prestigious event. We look forward to welcoming the thousands of visitors this race attracts, especially as it expected to be the biggest and best Tour of Britain yet."Councillor Humphrey Temperley, County Council executive member for economic regeneration and regional affairs, said: "Last year's stage through Devon was a resounding success, not only as an incredible spectacle, but also in terms of the visitors that it attracted to the area. With the event returning - and this time with an extended route through Devon - hopefully even more local businesses can benefit this time around. We would like communities along the route to join in the festivities of this event, show their support to the riders and enjoy the occasion of such a prestigious sporting event."The Tour of Britain 2008 will be televised daily on ITV4. The eight-day race starts in London on September 7 and finishes in Liverpool on September 14.