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Tour of Britain returns to West today

The Tour of Britain returns to the West today - stage six begins at Bath's Royal Cresent this morning - the start of 128 miles of racing. The 100 elite cyclists will be weaving along Wiltshire's country lanes en route. Businesses are taking advantage of the event - one brewery's even making a Tour beer.

Philip Downes from Box Steam Brewery tells us more about the drink:

Where to watch the Tour of Britain on Friday

Stage 6 starts in Bath Credit: ITV News

The Tour of Britain riders will depart from The Royal Crescent in Bath at 10.15am. Racing proper begins at 10.40 from Claverton Down Road. Other provisional timings: Bradford on Avon 10.47am Trowbridge 10.54am Hilperton 11.01am Seend 11.13am Devizes 11.20am Pewsey 11.51am

From Bath the cyclist head east into Wiltshire Credit: ITV News

Tour of Britain to head through Bath and Wiltshire

After tens of thousands of people lined streets in Gloucestershire and Bristol to see the world's best cyclists compete in Stage 4 of the the Tour of Britain, another part of the west is gearing up for their turn. Tomorrow the race will take a route through Bath and Wiltshire. The director of public health for the West's biggest authority says it may inspire some people to get fit.


Bristol prepares to welcome cyclists to the city

The Tour of Britain will be racing through the West Country this afternoon.

Our reporter Richard Payne is there to capture it all on camera. He's set up his camera at the Avon Gorge Hotel in Clifton, which has reported a bookings boost as Tour of Britain teams filled the hotel last night.

Ready to capture the cyclists as they race over the Clifton Suspension Bridge Credit: ITV West Country/Richard Payne
Junior races are already taking place on the course Credit: ITV West Country/Richard Payne
Fans are already gathering on the finish line Credit: ITV West Country/Richard Payne

Crowds expected for Tour of Britain

Final preparations are being made as the west gears up to host Stage 4 of the Tour of Britain Cycle Race.

Some of the The 184 kilometre route ends in Bristol.

The competitors will set off from Worcester at quarter-to-eleven this morning, before passing through Gloucestershire and the Cotswolds. One of the towns en route is Winchcombe, near Cheltenham, where crowds are expected to give the riders a huge welcome.

Jim Davies from Winchcombe Town Council is expecting a good turnout:

Not all residents have welcomed the Tour of Britain

The riders leave Worcester tomorrow morning and take in Cheltenham, Stroud and Nailsworth amongst others before the Bristol finish at around 2.30pm.

Not all have welcomed the race. Traders on a road in nearby Henbury which will form part of the route say they were given only a few days notice before it was completely shut for a week for resurfacing, losing them customers and profits.

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