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Olympic hero meets young fans in Carlisle

Eight times Olympic medallist Sir Bradley Wiggins meets young fans in Carlisle Credit: ITV Border

Olympic hero Sir Bradley Wiggins has met young fans in Carlisle ahead of the start of Britain's biggest cycle.

Today's stage two of the Tour of Britain runs from Carlisle to Kendal with the race getting underway in Carlisle city centre at 11am.

Before the race Sir Bradley, who has won five Olympic gold medals as well the 2012 Tour de France, this morning visited the Carlisle branch of electrical wholesaler YESSS Electrical.

The company sponsors Wiggins and his cycling team.

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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.

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