Cycling stars Mark Cavendish and Bradley Wiggins race through the region
Thousands of people lined the streets of Nottingham today as the second stage of the Tour of Britain started at the castle.
Olympic gold medalist Bradley Wiggins takes part in the Tour of Britain today, with Nottingham Castle hosting the second leg.
The leader of the Tour of Britain, Mark Cavendish, has spoken of the support he has received during the event.
Here was the starting lineup for Stage 5 today of the Tour of Britain in Stoke-on-Trent. Italian, Ivan Basso for Liquigas is the current leader.
The gap between the leaders and the Peloton is up to 2 minutes 20 seconds with Ivan Basso in the lead of Liquigas.
Breakaway of three riders now clear of the rest of the pack with Basso of Liquigas, Salzberger of Team Raleigh and Huzarski of NettApp leading. They are around 1 minute 55 seconds ahead of the rest as they approach the hills.
Leigh Howard, Orica Green EDGE
Luke Rowe, Team Sky
Russ Downing, Endura Racing
Pete Williams, Node 4
Brett Lancaster of Orica Green Edge has retired following a crash early in Stage 5 of the Tour of Britain. The stage began in Stoke-on-Trent.
Here is the full schedule for Stage 5 of the Tour of Britain in Stoke-on-Trent:
- 0km START: Trentham Gardens 10:30
- 7.3km Yodel Sprint, Stone (Lichfield Road)10:54
- 22.5km Baswich 11:13
- 29.2km SKODA KoM, Glacial Boulder, Cannock Chase (Cat.2) 11:22
- 37.5km Rugeley 11:33
- 58.5km Yodel Sprint, Uttoxeter (outside Plough PH) 12:00
- 67.4km Yodel Sprint, Rocester (outside JCB) 12:11
- 71.8km Alton 12:17
- 84.0km SKODA KoM, Oakamoor (Cat.2) 12:33
- 84.8km Feed Zone, Ellastone Road 12:34
- 99.1km Warslow 12:52
- 116.8km SKODA KoM, Gun Hill (Cat.1) 13:15
- 126.3km Biddulph Moor 13:27
- 139.2km Stockton Brook 13:43
- 147.0km FINISH: Old Hall Street, City Centre 13:54
Crowds are growing in Stoke-on-Trent ahead of the arrival of Tour De France winner Bradley Wiggins and Mark Cavendish. Cavendish leads the Tour after his Stage 4 win yesterday.
The Tour of Britain comes to Stoke-on-Trent for the 5th year in a row today. The Stage begins at 10.30. Mark Cavendish triumphed yesterday and will be looking to keep hold of the gold jersey.