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Promotional video for Tour of Britain released

A promotional video for this year's Tour of Britain, which has stages in Dumfries and Galloway and Cumbria, has been released:

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Stage One of the Tour runs from Glasgow down to Castle Douglas, while Stage Two begins in Carlisle and finishes in Kendal.

The Tour will take place this September, and will bring some of the world's top cyclists to the region, as well as millions of pounds.

Tour of Britain to bring £3.5 million into Cumbrian economy

The 2015 Tour of Britain races up Hartside Pass in Cumbria. Credit: PA

Cumbria County Council say that the Tour of Britain cycle race will bring around £3.5 million into the local economy.

The UK's top cycling race will also bring some of the world's best cyclists to the region, and the council says 250,000 spectators came to Cumbria to watch last year's event.

Tour of Britain to bring £1 million to Dumfries and Galloway

Stage One of the Tour. Credit: Tour of Britain

The Tour of Britain cycling race could bring one million pounds into the local economy in Dumfries and Galloway, according to the local council.

Councillor Colin Smyth said: "It's fantastic that the Tour of Britain is once again returning to Dumfries and Galloway. We estimate that it will benefit the local economy by around one million pounds."

"As well as the crowds on the day, we hope that the images beamed around the world will showcase or region as a mecca for cycling, and show what a beautiful part of the world we live in."

Stage One of the Tour will finish in Castle Douglas, and the owner of a local bike shop says it'll be great for the area.

Gareth Montgomerie is a former professional mountain biker, who competed in both the Melbourne and Glasgow Commonwealth Games.

Castle Douglas is a busy cycling town as it is but having a prestigious event like the Tour of Britain bringing professional riders and world champions, the best in the world, to the region will be great. Before when I used to train I'd be the only person out on the roads, now you can't go out without seeing a cyclist on the roads. Also - just the number of cyclists that go past the windows in the shop is just incredible."

– Gareth Montgomerie

Tour of Britain 'will boost business in South Lakeland'

Stage Two of the Tour of Britain. Credit: Tour of Britain

The return of the Tour of Britain to South Lakeland will boost businesses in the area, according to one of the local MPs.

Tim Farron, MP for Westmorland and Lonsdale and leader of the Liberal Democrats, has welcomed news that Stage Two of the Tour will pass from Carlisle down to Kendal:

This is exciting news for South Lakeland, which will provide a boost to the local tourist industry and showcase the beauty of our area to an audience from across the globe. It will be a fantastic opportunity for the area and will create a real buzz.

Following the devastating floods which have hit our area, and others in Cumbria, this is a great opportunity to show that we are open for business. My thanks go to all those who have worked to bring the Tour of Britain to South Lakeland.”

– Tim Farron MP

The Tour also passed through South Lakeland in September 2013, when it brought an estimated £4.1 million into the local economy, and some 15,000 supporters to the streets of Kendal.


Photos: Tour of Britain at Hartside

See some of the best moments from Stage Five of the Tour of Britain, which showcased spectacular Cumbrian scenery, including the Hartside Fell ascent:

Thousands of people lined the route. Credit: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire/Press Association Images
The Hartside ascent was the toughest part of the Stage. Credit: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire/Press Association Images
Team Sky's Wout Poels climbs up Hartside pass on his way to victory Credit: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Wout Poels wins Tour of Britain stage in Cumbria

Dutchman Wout Poels won Stage Five of the Tour of Britain at Hartside Fell.

The Team Sky rider is now in second place overall, just one second behind the overall lead.

'Wonderful day' as Tour of Britain graces Cumbria

Stage Five of the Tour of Britain has finished atop the summit of Hartside Fell.

People lined the streets of the route, in towns including Brampton and Penrith, and thousands waited patiently at the finishing line.

Wonderful day for Brampton, we're all really happy to have them here.

It was a great day, and it lasted about three minutes."

– Onlooker in Brampton
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