Britain's answer to the Tour de France will stretch the length of the country this September, as the eleventh edition of the Tour of Britain gets underway.
On Sunday 7 September, some of the world's leading cyclists will gather in Liverpool to embark on a gruelling eight day tour that will take them the length and breadth of Britain.
The 20 teams and 120 riders will travel through parts of the Brecon Beacons and Wales before completing the final stage in Whitehall, London on Sunday 14 September
In total the riders will cover a gruelling 1376.7 km. Over that distance the riders will cross difficult terrain; climbing Haytor on Dartmoor having already negotiated the Brecon Beacons and the Cotswolds.
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7-14 September - Check the weather forecast if you are cheering on the riders in the Tour of Britain cycle race.
Whilst not quite as renowned as the event held just across the Channel, the Tour of Britain dates back to events held just after the Second World War. However, the Tour of Britain as it is known today first took place in 2004; taking place over five days in early September. The event was won by Colombian Mauricio Ardila, but was perhaps more remembered for the thrilling sprint finish between Britain's Bradley Wiggins and Enrico Degano at the final stage in London, which was seen by an estimated 100,000 people.
Last year the modern Tour of Britain was won by a British rider for the second time. Sir Bradley Wiggins won the event, while Mark Cavendish won three stages crossing the line first in London, Guildford and Llanberis. Will British riders be as successful in 2014?
The weather will play a major role as the riders cross the UK, keep an eye on the forecast for each of the stages if you are going to cheer on the riders.
To check the daily routes for each stage, visit the Tour of Britain official website.
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