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Tour of Britain cyclists set off on Stage Two from Knowsley

Stage Two of the Tour of Britain has started at Knowsley Safari Park.

Hundreds of people were at the start-line this morning to cheer on the likes of Chorley's Sir Bradley Wiggins and the Isle of Man's Mark Cavendish.

The 200km second stage goes through Prescot and Huyton, then onto Widnes and Chester before finishing up in Wales.

Watch as people gather for the launch of Stage Two:

Wiggins joins fun bike ride

Sir Bradley Wiggins leads cyclists

Sir Bradley Wiggins and team mates joined TV presenter Davina McCall and thousands of other cyclists on a fun ride through Liverpool. It was held before the Tour of Britain – won last year by Wiggins – begins in the city centre. The event run by British Cycling and Sky, in partnership with Liverpool City Council, gave participants the chance to cycle some of the Tour of Britain circuit, taking in some of the city’s most famous landmarks, including Sefton Park, Liverpool Anglican Cathedral, and the Albert Dock.

Thousands gather for Tour of Britain

Thousands of people are gathering in Liverpool for the first stage of the Tour of Britain.

Mark Cavendish and Sir Bradley Wiggins are among those taking part.

Lord Mayor of Liverpool Erica Kemp says she hopes the race will start a “cycling revolution” in the city.

Liverpool's also hosting the Sky Ride which will give thousands of people the chance to cycle part of the route.


Countdown starts to Tour of Britain

Bradley Wiggins heading the pack the last time the Tour came to Liverpool in 2008 Credit: PA

The build up to the opening stage of this year's Tour of Britain starts in Liverpool today. Riders and their teams will be taking part in a presentation at Chavasse Park near Liverpool One from around 5.30pm this evening. Organisers promise spectators can see 'some of the biggest names in cycling' ahead of tomorrow's official start of the event. This is the first time Liverpool has staged the opening of the Tour of Britain, though it has welcomed other parts of the race in recent years.

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