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Top riders confirmed for this year's Tour of Britain

This year's route includes two stages in Cumbria. Credit: Tour of Britain

The Tour de France winners Geraint Thomas and Chris Froome will lead Team Sky at next month's Tour of Britain, it has been confirmed.

This year's route includes two stages in Cumbria, covering 14 kilometres from Cockermouth to Whinlatter Pass.

The Tour of Britain will feature its first team time trial this year on a route designed to be unpredictable.

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The race will start on Sunday 2 September.

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Hope that Tour of Britain will boost Borders' reputation

The first stage of the event finished in the town yesterday afternoon Credit: ITV Border

Community leaders in Kelso hope the Tour of Britain will boost the Borders' reputation internationally. The first stage of the event finished in the town yesterday afternoon, Sunday 3 September. It was shown live on ITV 4:

Not only is it bringing people in but there'll be great footage that's going to be seen around the world. They'll hopefully see what we've got to offer and come for other events."

– Councillor Mark Rowley, Scottish Borders Council

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Communities turn out in force for Tour of Britain in Cumbria

Thousands of people have turned out to watch the country's most prestigious cycling race in Cumbria.

Youngsters at a primary school in Lazonby enjoyed an active day in honour of the cyclists passing through their village. Not a bad way to spend the first day back at school!

Kim Inglis spent the day time with them:

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