Tour of Britain to start in Liverpool

Tour of Britain will kick off in Liverpool.

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The Tour of Britain will start in Liverpool for the first time, race organisers announced on Monday.

The 'Grand Depart' opening stage on September 7 will see riders tackle 10 laps of a 13-kilometre circuit, starting and finishing on The Strand in the city centre, close to the Royal Liver Building.

Tour of Britain gets upgraded status

The Tour of Britain will sit alongside some of professional cycling's most prestigious events, having been upgraded to HC status by the UCI for 2014 and beyond.

Britain's national Tour has been awarded the 2.HC status by the world governing body, putting it on a par with major events such as the Tour of California, Tour of Qatar and Criterium International.

The 2014 Tour of Britain will take place from Sunday 7th to Sunday 14th September.

Tiernan-Locke facing disciplinary

Tiernan-Locke is to face disciplinary proceedings.

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Team Sky rider Jonathan Tiernan-Locke is to face disciplinary proceedings after an analysis of discrepancies in his biological passport data demonstrated an anti-doping violation, the International Cycling Union has announced. .

Women's Tour of Britain announced

The women's Tour of Britain has been included among the highest category of races for its launch in 2014, meaning it will attract the leading riders.

SweetSpot Group, the Tour of Britain organisers, on Thursday announced the event has been awarded 2.1 status by the UCI, the sport's governing body.

Tiernan-Locke withdraws from racing over biological passport issue

Jonathan Tiernan-Locke won the 2012 Tour of Britain.

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Team Sky rider Jonathan Tiernan-Locke has withdrawn from racing after being notified of possible discrepancies in his biological passport data by the sport's world governing body the UCI.

Tiernan-Locke, 28, joined Team Sky in January after a successful 2012 which included overall victory at the Tour of Britain.

He withdrew from Sunday's road race at the World Championships in Florence, where he had been selected to ride for Great Britain, after receiving the information from the UCI.