Tour of Britain cycle race

The Carlisle stage of the Tour of Britain cycle race has just launched in the city centre.

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Tour of Britain cycle race is a "fantastic event for the city"

The launch for the Carlisle stage of this year's Tour of Britain cycle race has taken place this morning.

Stage two of the challenge will start from the city centre on September the 16, when some of the world's leading cyclists will race to Kendal via West Cumbria and the Lake District.

Each stage is being launched separately, to help maximise publicity on the back of another British victory in the Tour de France at the weekend.

PICTURES: Carlisle stage of Tour of Britain cycle race launch

The launch outside the Old Town Hall today, July 24. Credit: ITV News Border
The launch outside the Old Town Hall today, July 24. Credit: ITV News Border
The launch outside the Old Town Hall today, July 24. Credit: ITV News Border

The Carlisle stage of the Tour of Britain cycle race has just launched in the city centre.

Children from local schools and Toby, the race mascot, were among the crowd at the launch outside the Old Town Hall.

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Carlisle stage of Tour of Britain cycle race launch

Carlisle stage of the Tour of Britain cycle race will start from the city centre on September 16. Credit: ITV News Border

This year's Carlisle stage of the Tour of Britain cycle race is being launched.

Stage two will start from the city centre on September 16, when some of the world's leading cyclists will race to Kendal via West Cumbria and the Lake District.

Some of the world's leading cyclists will race to Kendal via West Cumbria and the Lake District. Credit: ITV News Border
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