Tour of Britain 2013: Predicting Results for the Final 3 Stages

Matt CheethamCorrespondent ISeptember 20, 2013

KNOWSLEY, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 17:  Sir Bradley Wiggins of Great Britain and SKY Procycling celebrates taking the race leaders gold jersey after winning stage three of the Tour of Britain, a 16km individual time trial in Knowsley Safari Park, on September 17, 2013 in Knowsley, England.  (Photo by Bryn Lennon/Getty Images)
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The 2013 Tour of Britain transcends through Devon and Surrey before concluding with a 10-lap sprint finish in London.

British hopes of success are high, following the impressive victories of both Sir Bradley Wiggins and Mark Cavendish during Stages 3 and 4, and there's every reason to expect more domestic triumphs during the closing stages.

Here's a look ahead to those final three events, with a preview at the course and a few predictions along the way.

Stage 6: Friday, September 20

Having navigated several sharp ascents en route to Caerphilly, the riders again tackle a mountainous section for Stage 6 of the Tour.

This part of the course travels through Devon, starting at Sidmouth and stretching 138 kilometres through to Haytor.

Despite Daniel Martin and Nairo Quintana falling behind Wiggins' lead, this is an ideal setting for both riders to erode that time. Wiggins will find this section tough going, and expect his main rivals to claw themselves back into contention here, with Quintana a likely overall winner.


Stage 7: Saturday, September 21

The penultimate ride is slightly longer than the previous stage but, aside from one gruelling 21 percent gradient at Barhatch Lane, the course contains far less intimidating climbs.

This time, the riders progress through Surrey, starting in Epson, travelling 155 kilometres and ending up in Guildford.

As BBC Sport predicts, if Wiggins has a sufficient enough lead then Bernhard Eisel may prove a contender here. The Austrian has the power to dominate the uphill finish as long as Team Sky permit him to.

Stage 8: Sunday, September 22

Finally, the action concludes with a 10-lap circuit through London that starts and finishes in Whitehall, via the Tower of London and the Palace of Westminster.

The 88-kilometre flat course is hand-made for Cavendish; expect the Manx Missile to lead a dramatic bunched sprint for the line.

He won the same sprint finish in 2011, and it would be no great surprise were he to repeat the feat in 2013.