Carlisle crowds wave off Tour of Britain riders

Tour of Britain Stage Two gets underway in Carlisle Credit: ITV Border

Crowds gathered in Carlisle city centre this morning for the Tour of Britain's Stage Two start.

The 117-mile route which runs from Carlisle to Kendal via Penrith, Cockermouth, Keswick, Grasmere, Ambleside and Windermere, got underway at 11am and is due to finish on Kendal's Beast Banks at around 3:45pm.

Some of the world’s top pro riders, including Team GB Olympic heroes Sir Bradley Wiggins and Mark Cavendish, are taking part.

Two stages of the Tour of Britain 2015 took place partly in Cumbria and boosted the local economy by nearly £3.4 million.

A total of 105,000 spectators attended the two stages in Cumbria, with 55% coming from outside the county. 1.59m viewers watched national TV coverage of the Cumbria stages on ITV4.