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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:

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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.

A417 in Gloucestershire will be closed for the Tour of Britain

opening stage of the Tour of Britain in Liverpool Credit: John Giles/PA

Gloucestershire Police are reminding motorists that the A417 will be closed tomorrow for the Tour of Britain cycle race.

As part of the route, cyclists will go up Leckhampton Hill and across the Air Balloon roundabout and along the A417, turning right into Birdlip.

Crickley Hill will be closed to uphill traffic for approximately 20 minutes before the peloton arrives. Downhill traffic will be stopped for a shorter length of time as the peloton passes through.

The uphill closure will be in place from the snow gates just past the A46/ Shurdington Road junction and will be enforced by police. Timings are not precise, and weather dependant, but are expected to be between 13.15 – 13. 45 pm.

Mayor supports Tour of Britain's Bristol debut

Britain's biggest free sporting event has already hit the road and is speeding its way West.

After Olympic and Tour de France success cycling contains some of our biggest sporting stars and the public appetite for the Tour of Britain is proving strong.

For Bristol, it's a chance to show why it likes to be known as Britain's cycling capital. And for the bike-loving Mayor George Ferguson, tomorrow's arrival realises a long-held ambition.

When and where to see the Tour of Britain

Stage 2 of the Tour of Britain 2014 Credit: Peter Byrne/PA

Stage four of the Tour of Britain will travel through Gloucestershire, Bristol and Somerset tomorrow.

Click here to find out when and where to see parts of the stage near you.

And Bristol Council have listed road closures, parking restrictions and disruptions to public transport on their website.

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Tour of Britain comes to the West

Tour of Britain comes to the West

The popularity of cycling has never been greater, and its presence in our region has never been as big as it will be this week.

Yes, the Tour of Britain, a professional race of more than a hundred cyclists, including defending and Olympic champion Sir Bradley Wiggins, is heading our way.

Tomorrow it will pass through Gloucestershire before finishing on Bristol's Durdham Downs and on Friday it will begin the day in Bath

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