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Tour of Britain finale comes to Greater Manchester

Local cycling club lead Tour of Britain Photo: PA

The most prestigious professional cycling event, the OVO Energy Tour of Britain, is in Greater Manchester today (Saturday). It's the first time in 15 years that it has returned to the city - hosting the final stage of the eight day race with a route taking in all ten of the city's boroughs.

Today's race began in Altrincham and ends in Deansgate. What is to be the final day of racing will see the peloton taking on a 165-kilometre route starting in Altrincham that includes almost 2,000 metres of climbing, including the famous climb of the Rake at Ramsbottom and passes through all ten boroughs of Greater Manchester.

Mark Cavendish at Tour of Britain Credit: PA

"It's fantastic to welcome the Tour of Britain back to Greater Manchester as one of the biggest races in the calendar. Manchester is the home of British Cycling with some of the UK's top riders based locally, so it seems fitting that the final stage of this incredible race returns to the region in September."

– Sir Richard Leese, Leader of Manchester City Council and Vice Chair of the Greater Manchester Combined Authority
Local cycling club lead Tour of Britain Credit: PA

"We share with all our event partners a determination that these events should not only showcase the very best of cycling at the highest level but provide necessary inspiration for people across Great Britain to get out on their bikes.

"The start of this legacy will be felt most keenly in our great city just 24 hours later, as HSBC UK Let's Ride, our big-city, closed road family cycling festival rides into Manchester on Sunday 15 September."

– British Cycling Chief Executive Julie Harrington

The OVO Energy Tour of Britain is British Cycling's premier road cycling event, giving cycling fans the opportunity to see the world's best teams and riders competing on their doorstep and helping to build a great cycling nation.