Win VIP hospitality tickets to Tour of Britain

Lothian cyclist Evan Oliphant prepares for the event on the Royal Mile. Picture: Julie Bull

Lothian cyclist Evan Oliphant prepares for the event on the Royal Mile. Picture: Julie Bull

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THE Evening News has teamed up with Premier Inn, an official sponsor of the Aviva Tour of Britain, to offer seven lucky winners the chance to experience the exhilarating sprint finish of the Tour of Britain stage taking place in Kelso on Wednesday.

The hotel chain is offering you and a guest the chance to win a VIP place to watch the sprint for the line, with hospitality and a stay at the local Premier Inn subject to availability.

The VIP experience will offer winners an exclusive view of the race, while enjoying a buffet lunch and a selection of wines, beers and soft drinks. Each winner will enjoy first class views of the finish line, before spending the night relaxing in the hotel.

To be in with a chance of winning this great prize, simply answer the following question:

Who won the Tour of Britain in 2014?

a) Sir Bradley Wiggins

b) Dylan van Baarle

c) Michal Kwiatkowski

The competition will close on Sunday at 5pm. To enter send your name, address, mobile phone number and the correct answer to newsen@edinburghnews.com with ‘Tour of Britain competition’ in the subject line.

You must be over 18 to enter, there is no cash alternative and the prize is non-transferable. No travel is included, you must make your own way to and from Kelso. Each winner agrees to take part in reasonable publicity as may be required by the promoter in respect of the promotion.

Johnston Press terms and conditions apply. These can be found at www.johnstonpress.co.uk/competition.

Bradley Wiggins at Tour of Britain Edinburgh leg

Cycling legend Sir Bradley Wiggins will lead a star-studded field when the Tour of Britain comes to the Capital.

The race will pass through the city for the first time in 16 years as Edinburgh hosts the start of stage four of the eight-day event on Wednesday.

The 35-year-old, who won the Tour of Britain race in 2013, will form part of the six-man Team Wiggins. It will be the eighth time he has taken part in the Tour Series.

Wiggins will be competing against fellow British cycling champion Mark Cavendish, Dutch 2014 titleholder Dylan Van Baarle, and the first Scottish cyclist confirmed to race, the Lothians’ own Evan Oliphant.

In an interview, the four-time Olympic gold medallist and former Tour de France winner said: “It’s taken a long time to get my head around the fact that I’m not a road rider any more and the track is what I do now.

“With anything I do on the road now I won’t be getting the same results as a few years ago.

“The training’s quite different but I look forward to the Tour of Britain as it’s always nice to ride round the country. The race has got bigger every year and the attendances are fantastic.”

The event – which was last year won by Dylan van Baarle – starts in Wales on Sunday, and will arrive in Edinburgh on Wednesday for stage four. The stage will get under way at 10am from Holyrood Park.

The riders will travel up the Canongate and the Royal Mile to the Hub, before racing down Johnstone Terrace towards Lauriston Place and the Meadows.

And you could be there to watch by entering our competition above.

Councillor Richard Lewis said: “Sir Bradley Wiggins and Mark Cavendish are two of the biggest names in British sport.

“I’m sure Edinburgh will be ready to line the streets to give them and their fellow cyclists a huge warm welcome when they arrive in the Capital for stage four.

“The news is a great boost for the tournament and will surely encourage fans to make sure they don’t miss what will be an epic event for the city.”