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Thousands expected to line Tour of Britain route

A massive crowd turned out for the 2011 tour. Photo: ITV Border

100 of the world's best riders covering 800 miles over 8 days. It may not be the challenge that is the Tour de France, but its British cousin is rapidly gaining in popularity and status.

On Tuesday morning Bradley Wiggins, Mark Cavendish and the rest of the pack will set off from Jedburgh and make their way through the Borders before ending on the Whitesands in Dumfries. On Wednesday they set off from Carlisle, taking on the hills of Shap before heading for the coast - ending in Blackpool.

Thousands are expected to line the streets to watch the tour, providing a much needed economic boost as well as providing a spectacle for many to remember for years to come. The hope is that off the back of the Olympics, the next generation will continue to be inspired.

The race started in East Anglia on Sunday, before moving on to Nottingham on Monday morning. So far the men who have become household names haven't managed to replicate their success in the Tour de France. Yet. Many of those locally responsible for bringing the tour to this region will be hoping for a Wiggins or Cavedish win. The summer of sport isn't quite over.

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