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Carlisle reaps reward from Tour of Britain

"The Tour of Britain was a wonderful opportunity for promoting Carlisle. As part of its journey through the city streets, local residents, schools, businesses and community groups provided tremendous supportto all the cyclists taking part.

"We're delighted that the event has provided a much-needed cash injection to the local economy.

"The Carlisle stage showcased us to a global audience and we hope to welcome it back in future years."

– Cllr Joe Hendry, Leader of Carlisle City Council,

"The Carlisle start was one of the highlights of this year's race, with some of the largest crowds of any start, despite the weather!

"The people of Carlisle and Cumbria really embraced The Tour this year and we hope to continue to work with Carlisle City Council going forwards."

– Hugh Roberts, Chief Executive of The Tour of Britain