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North East stages for Tour event.

ROUTE plans for the prestigious Aviva Tour of Britain cycle race have been announced - including details of two exciting Northumberland stages.

On Stage Four of the tour, the race will start in Scotland and then enter Northumberland heading along a route from Ford, where a SKODA King of the Mountains competition will take place, to Wooler and Alnwick, before continuing down the spectacular Northumberland coastline to finish the leg in Blyth.

The tour re-starts the following morning from Prudhoe with Stage Five, where the race will include a YodelDirect Sprint that will take place in Hexham and a SKODA King of the Mountains climb from Haydon Bridge to Hadrian's Wall, the race will then head across the Pennines into Cumbria before ending in a summit finish on Hartside Fell.

The eight-stage race runs from September 6 to 13 with the Northumberland stages taking place on September 9 and 10.

Northumberland County Council has worked with Active Northumberland, sponsors Northumbrian Water and race organisers SweetSpot to bring the race to Northumberland.

Grant Davey, leader of Northumberland County Council, said: "The race will be a celebration of Northumberland which is a fabulous place to live in, visit and to cycle in. It will showcase our communities, heritage and iconic landmarks and it is a chance for us all to enjoy a wonderful international sporting spectacle." Some of the world's top cyclists are expected to turn up to compete. Last year the UK's favourites Sir Bradley Wiggins and Mark Cavendish were both in the 120-rider starting lineup.

The routes were announced at the Northumberland Sainsbury's School Games Festivals where 2,000 young people were competing to become county champions in a range of sports. Professional cyclists from the Tour came along to coach pupils interested in cycling.

Cramlington Sporting Club hosted the event, and Marie-Anne Dowson, School Sport Partnership Manager, Cramlington & Seaton Valley School Sport Partnership said: "It is great that we can bring the launch of the Tour of Britain to the Northumberland School Games. "Young people across Northumberland have competed in local competitions to reach these finals so it's a very exciting day.

"Having the pro-tour cyclists here is a great opportunity for the students to learn what it takes to be successful in sport and it's a great way to inspire the next generation of stars."

The School Games is part of a national Sport England programme designed to increase competitive opportunities for young people in school.

The School Games Organisers include Northumberland Sport and national governing bodies of sport.

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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Geographic Code:4EUUK
Date:Jun 24, 2015
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