WATCH: Tour of Britain’s Northumberland routes unveiled

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Route plans for the Aviva Tour of Britain, including the two stages in Northumberland, were announced this week at an event in Cramlington.

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

Harry Tanfield of JLT Condor with  Morpeth Road Wheelers at the regional route launch of the Aviva Tour of Britain at Cramlington Sporting Village.'Picture by Jane Coltman

Harry Tanfield of JLT Condor with Morpeth Road Wheelers at the regional route launch of the Aviva Tour of Britain at Cramlington Sporting Village.'Picture by Jane Coltman

For Stage Four, 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 coast to finish the leg in Blyth.

The tour restarts 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 race will go through 29 communities in Northumberland over the two days, covering approximately 112miles (181kms) in the county over two days of racing.