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Tour of Britain in Northumberland: route details

Mark Cavendish taking part in last year's Tour of Britain. Credit: Martin Rickett/PA Wire

Route plans for the prestigious Aviva Tour of Britain cycle race have been announced this morning, including details of two Northumberland stages.

On Stage Four of the tour, the race will start in Scotland and then enter Northumberland heading along a route from Ford to Wooler and Alnwick, before continuing down the Northumberland coastline to finish the leg in Blyth.

The tour re-starts the following morning from Prudhoe with Stage Five, where the race will include a sprint that will take place in Hexham and then a route from Haydon Bridge to Hadrian's Wall.

The race will then head across the Pennines into Cumbria.

The eight-stage race runs from 6-13 September with the Northumberland stages taking place on Wednesday 9 and Thursday 10 September.

Some of the world's top cyclists are expected to turn up to compete.

Last year Sir Bradley Wiggins and Mark Cavendish were both in the 120-rider starting line-up.

We are delighted to be bringing the Aviva Tour of Britain back to the North East and hosting both a Start and Finish in Northumberland for the first time. Stages Four and Five both travel through some fantastic scenery that we look forward to showcasing with the race and hope to see big crowds lining the roadside."

– Mick Bennett, Race Director, Aviva Tour of Britain

The Tour will be broadcast in over 166 countries, including live coverage on the ITV network, and will raise the profile of the county to an international audience.

ITV will screen three-hours of live coverage of every stage, starting on ITV for the opening Wales stage before reverting to ITV4 for Stages Two to Eight.

ITV4 will also screen a one-hour highlights programme each evening during the race.

The world's greatest cyclists will ride through the beautiful and wild landscape of west Northumberland on Stage 5 of the Tour of Britain. It's going to be challenging for the riders and a very exciting day for spectators as the cyclists race through the county's towns and villages passing landmarks such as the River Tyne, Hexham Abbey and the world-renowned Hadrian's Wall."

– Cllr Anne Dale, Northumberland County Council

Tour of Britain route announced

World class cycling is returning to the region with two stages of the 2015 Tour of Britain taking place in parts of Northumberland.

The fourth stage of the eight day race will take place in the county.

It will start from Wooler to Alnwick and then head down the coastline to end that day's race in Blyth.

Team Wiggins and Team Cavendish have been confirmed for the starting line up.

It is hoped the event will provide a big boost to tourism in the county.

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