Thousands of people lined the streets of Nottingham today as the second stage of the Tour of Britain cycling race started at the castle. This marks the first time in seven years that the event has travelled through the city.

The riders then set off towards the Peak District and then onto Cheshire.

The first of the days first-category climbs appears after 25-kilometres of riding, with the final categorised climb being at Norwich, then the route continues through Cheshire to Knowsley Safari Park.

"Confirmation of Bradley Wiggins and Mark Cavendish in the Tour of Great Britain is great news for all fans of cycling. Bradley Wiggins' success in the Tour de France and at the Olympics has captured the imagination of many people, not only fans of cycling. Having two of the world's greatest road cyclists in Nottingham is great for the city and for the sport of cycling."

Bradley Wiggins, who has also won four Olympic gold medals, and Mark Cavendish, the reigning world road race champion started the Tour in East Anglia yesterday (Sunday 9 September).

In the final part of stage one near to Norwich a large crash slightly injured Mark Cavendish.

The Tour of Britain stages

  • Stage 1 - Ipswich to Norfolk Showground. 9 September

  • Stage 2 - Nottingham to Knowsley. 10 September

  • Stage 3 - Jedburgh to Dumfries. 11 September

  • Stage 4 - Carlisle to Blackpool. 12 September

  • Stage 5 - Stoke. 13 September

  • Stage 6 - Welshpool to Caerphilly. 14 September

  • Stage 7 - Barnstaple to Dartmouth, 15 September

  • Stage 8 - Reigate to Guildford. 16 September