7:00am Wednesday 1st August 2012
By Tom Barnes
Tour de France champion Bradley Wiggins and road race Olympic silver medallist Lizzie Armitstead will carry medal hopes today as the Olympic cycling time trial comes to Kingston and Surbiton.
Wiggins starts as the favourite. Riders set off at 90 second intervals so tactics cannot cruelly rob the Brits of victory.
Beginning at Hampton Court the riders will race along Portsmouth Road in Surbiton on the return leg into Kingston past Queen’s Promenade, before arriving in the Market Place.
Leaving the Market Place by Thames Street the riders will cycle past All Saints Church before making a sharp left over Kingston Bridge and into neighbouring Richmond.
Road closures along the route are expected to cause traffic congestion across Kingston and Surbiton with several roads affected.
The route takes in several towns and villages in Surrey including Thames Ditton, Weston Green, Esher, Hersham and Cobham.
The men's route also goes through Teddington and East and West Molesey.
Armitstead will be hoping to go one better than her second place finish when the women’s event kicks off at 12.30pm, finishing about 45 minutes later.
The 23-year-old will be going for gold without her “lucky” sunglasses which she dropped somewhere in Surrey on route to her silver medal at the weekend.
The men will begin racing at 2.15pm and is expected to finish at 4pm.
Roads affected by the race:
Akerman Road, Anglesea Road, Avante Court, Bath Passage, Belgravia Mews, Bridle Close, Brighton Road Brook Street, Cadogan Road, Catherine Road, Cleveland Road, East Lane, Grove Road, Home Park Walk Kensington Gardens, Kent Road, Kingston Hall Road, Milner Road , Palace Road, Portsmouth Road, Raphael Close, Riverside Close, Seething Wells Lane, South Lane, St James Road, St Leonard’s Road, St Leonard’s Square, Surbiton Court, Surbiton Road, Thames Street, The Bittoms, The Mall, Uxbridge Road, Westfield Road, Woodbines Avenue.
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