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Tour of Britain welcomed in Bath and Bristol

Details of where stages of this year's Tour of Britain will take place have been announced - with Bristol and Bath included as venues for the first time.

Britain's biggest cycle race takes place from Sunday 7 September to Sunday 14 September, and is broken up into nine stages.

Stage 4, on Wednesday 10 September, will take the the world class competitors from Worcester to Bristol.

Stage 4 takes cyclists from Worcester to Bristol on Wednesday 10 September 2014. Credit: Tour of Britain

They will then continue to Stage 5 in Devon, before Stage 6 on Friday 12 September which starts in Bath and runs 203km to Hemel Hempstead.

Stage 6 takes runs 203km from Bath to Hemel Hempstead. Credit: Tour of Britain

The Tour is free for the public to watch and brings millions to the country's economy each year.

Councillor Dave Dixon from Bath and North East Somerset Council says it should bring financial benefits to the cities and towns hosting the route and hopes it will showcase what the area has to offer.

The tour comes in the middle of the cycling race season, and this year has been scheduled earlier in the year to avoid clashing with the World Road Championships.

Details of the route were announced at a press conference in London last night.

Race Director Mick Bennett says the course will be challenging but fair.

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