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Guide to Tour of Britain in the Midlands

Above Chris Halpin details the Stage 6 Tour of Britain route

Thousands of people are expected to turn out to catch a glimpse of some of the best cycle racers in the world as the Tour of Britain arrives in the midlands.

The race leaves Stoke at 10.30am before making its way through the Derbyshire Peak District on its way to Nottingham where its due to arrive between 3.40-4.30pm.

Stage 6 Stoke to Nottingham

It's the seventh time the Tour of Britain has come to Stoke-on-Trent. The city has just been awarded the prestigious status of European City of Sport 2016 - which celebrates its vibrant sporting events programme and world-class facilities and rich sporting history.

By hosting the race here we are putting Stoke-on-Trent on the map, bringing world class cyclists to our city, giving a cash injection to the local economy and promoting everything that is good about cycling.

– Cllr Adrian Knapper, Cabinet member for health and wellbeing

After leaving Stoke the riders will head through Leek, Buxton, Whaley Bridge, Chapel-en-le-Frith, Hathersage, Bakewell, Matlock, Cromford, Belper, Ilkeston and into Nottingham's Forest Recreation Ground.

Total ascent

Organisers are advising spectators to allow over an hour before arriving at their chosen viewing locations.

Mark Cavendish Credit: PA

The riders face a tough day in the saddle including several famous climbs in the Peak District. Among the famous names in the race are Sir Bradley Wiggins and Mark Cavendish.

Cycle teams

Other famous riders are Movistar’ Alex Dowsett (101), of Great Britain, and sprint star Andre Greipel of Lotto Soudal.

Riders began the race

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