Tour of Britain 2013

Latest news from the The Tour of Britain cycle race, which is visiting the Scottish Borders, Dumfries and Galloway and Cumbria.

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Full report: Tour brings economic boost to region

The Tour of Britain cycle race has given our region a big economic boost.

The wet and windy weather took its toll in places, but official figures are expected to show that the stages between Peebles and Drumlanrig and from Carlisle to Kendal brought in millions of pounds.

Those in the tourism industry say the impact will be felt for years to come, and there are already talks about the race returning next year.

Samantha Parker reports:

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Cyclists struggle up Honister Pass

Competitors taking part in the Tour of Britain were given their biggest challenge yet when they were faced with tackling a very wet and windy Honister Pass in the Lake District.

The cyclists had to dig deep as they battled their way up the steep incline, which reached a 25% gradient in some places.

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Riders battle the elements up Chestnut Hill

The Sky team with Bradley Wiggins chasing the leaders out of Keswick Credit: ITV News Border

Nairo Quintana is leading the Tour of Britain up a very wet Chestnut Hill in Keswick.

Nairo Quintana leads the Tour up Chestnut Hill Credit: ITV News Border

As well as the steep hill, cyclists are also battling against torrential downpours and strong winds in the Lake District.

The riders of the peloton look thoroughly miserable in the lashing rain and gusty winds of the Lake District

Riders drenched in Whitehaven

Team Sky passing through Whitehaven Credit: ITV News Border

Team Sky were very noticeable passing through a very wet Whitehaven in the peloton.

Competitors passing through Whitehaven Credit: ITV News Border

It's now all over in Whitehaven and everyone is drenched.

The riders were faced with torrential rain in Whitehaven Credit: ITV News Border

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