Local rider Scott Davies named in Tour of Britain line up
There'll be a home crowd for more than one rider in this weekend’s Tour of Britain with the announcement that a Carmarthen cyclist will be amongst those taking part.
Spectators are already gearing up to give a warm Welsh welcome to Tour de France winner Geraint Thomas, whose family is from Bancyfelin, but they are also being asked to give an extra cheer to local boy Scott Davies, who has just been confirmed for the race.
Scott, a former pupil of Ysgol Bro Myrddin, will be riding with Team Dimension Data, and said he is looking forward to returning to his old training grounds.
“I'm especially looking forward to this year's edition of the OVO Energy Tour of Britain, with Stage One starting in my home county of Carmarthenshire,” the 23-year-old said. “It's going to be pretty special to race on the same roads I've grown-up riding on.”
Scott is no stranger to road racing, having started out with the Carmarthen Towy Riders cycling club.
In 2014 he represented Wales at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, before being snapped up by Team Wiggins for the 2016 season.
He has since raced across France, Croatia and Austria, and won the National U23 Road Championships time trials in four consecutive years between 2014 and 2017.
Carmarthenshire hosts Stage One of the OVO Energy Tour of Britain on Sunday, September 2.
It will depart from Pembrey Country Park at 11am before travelling north through Kidwelly, Carmarthen, Nantgaredig, Llandeilo and Llandovery.
Thousands of people will line the route with several communities putting on events and giant land art sculptures for the helicopter cameras that are capturing the action live on ITV4.
Cllr Peter Hughes Griffiths, Carmarthenshire County Council’s Executive Board Member for Culture, Sport and Tourism, said: “We hope everyone will give Scott Davies and Geraint Thomas a fantastic welcome home to Carmarthenshire. The atmosphere is really building across the county for what promises to be a great day and a wonderful advertisement of Carmarthenshire as host of a major sporting event.”
- Team Dimension Data has linked up with SPAR stores to celebrate the Tour of Britain. Carmarthenshire’s Scott Davies will be making an appearance at the Johnstown store, Llansteffan Road, Carmarthen, at 10am on Saturday, September 1.
Find everything you need to know about the Tour of Britain in Carmarthenshire at newsroom.carmarthenshire.gov.wales