Olympic hero Bradley Wiggins to join cycling stars as Tour of Britain ready to pedal through Manchester

By Georgina Stubbs

The UK’s biggest professional cycling race The Tour of Britain will make its way through the roads of Greater Manchester this Monday.

Spectators will be able to witness some of the biggest names in professional cycling, such as Tour de France winner Bradley Wiggins, World Champion Mark Cavendish, Tyler Farrar, Ivan Basso and Samuel Sanchez battling it out on the regions roads in stage two of the race.

The tour made its reappearance on the racing circuit in 2004 after a five year break; it is now in its ninth year and is set to be bigger than ever and organisers are excepting a huge increase in spectator numbers at this year’s race.

A spokesman said: “It’s been a great year for cycling in Britain thanks to the success of Bradley Wiggins in The Tour of France and Great Britain’s Cyclists in the Olympics, so crowds will definitely be even bigger than before.

“We’ve always been Britain’s biggest free to attend sporting event and we’re looking forward to seeing even more people at the roadside this September.”

Team Sky, who are based at the National Cycling Centre in Manchester, are urging fans to tweet pictures of themselves, weather conditions and race information as part of an interactive mapping system on Twitter aimed to get the fans involved.

Luke Rowe, a cyclist with Team Sky who will compete in this year’s tour, said: “The sport has exploded since Brad’s Tour de France success and the Olympics.”

He added: “I think that trend is going to carry on and it will grow even more. With us guys, putting Bradley Wiggins and Mark Cavendish in the race, it’s just going to be so good for the general public to get out there and see it.”

The tour is expected to pass through Cheshire between 12.30pm to 1.30pm after passing through Knutsford the race will head on, crossing the Manchester Ship Canal via the Toll Bridge at Warburton.

The cycle race runs from September 9 to September 16, with Monday’s second stage starting in Nottingham and finishing in Knowsley.

Tour organisers advise checking local information regarding road closures and to visit their website for route and further information.

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