THOUSANDS of cycling fans will line the steep climb to Haytor on Friday September 20 to watch the first-ever 'summit' finish of the Tour of Britain.
Sir Bradley Wiggins will lead the highly-fancied Sky Procycling team in the race, which was won last year by South Devon's own Jonathan Tiernan-Locke.
He has since joined the mighty Sky team, but won't be defending his Tour of Britain title, as the team has placed him in a series of races in Canada which clash with the Tour.
The Friday stage will start in Sidmouth and pass through Exeter before heading into South Devon, with vantage points at Chudleigh, the Teign Valley and Bovey Tracey before the final climb to the finish.
There were an estimated 10,000 fans on the Dartmeet climb at last year's Tour, and even more are expected this time around.
Special traffic arrangements and road closures will be in place.
Bradley Wiggins leads a strong team, but there are plenty of other riders with good chances to win the tour.
Mark Cavendish is unlikely to be a contender for the overall race win, but is sure to figure in the sprints at the end of the flatter stages.
There is also plenty of local interest in the race, with Totnes rider Yanto Barker leading a Team UK Youth squad which also includes Chris Opie and Marcin Bialoblocki, who dominated the recent Paignton Regatta race.