Britain’s biggest professional cycle race will return to Greater Manchester for the first time in 15 years this September as all 10 of the city’s boroughs feature in the final stage on Saturday 14 September.

The final day of racing will see the peloton taking on a 165-kilometre route starting in Altrincham. Far from being a ceremonial end to the tour, stage eight includes almost 2,000 metres of climbing, including the famous climb of the Rake at Ramsbottom, before finishing on the iconic Deansgate in Manchester city centre.

This year’s finale will be the first stage of the OVO Energy Tour of Britain to finish in Manchester, home of British Cycling, since the opening leg of the first modern tour in 2004.

There will be a Tour Village on Quay Street, offering fans a big screen showing full live coverage of the stage, plus exhibits from race partners.

KEY STAGE TIMINGS

11:00 - Market Street, Altrincham (stage start)

11:48 - Hazel Grove (Eisberg sprint)

12:11 - Werneth Low (SKODA King of the Mountains)

12:38 - Uppermill (Eisberg sprint)

12:47 - Grains Bar (SKODA King of the Mountains)

13:29 - The Rake (SKODA King of the Mountains)

14:10 - Horwich (Eisberg sprint)

15:12 - Deansgate, Manchester (stage finish)

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