Wheels in motion for cycling event

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The wheels have been set in motion to bring one of world cycling’s most famous events to Northumberland next year.

Northumberland County Council is working with race organisers SweetSpot to bring the Friends Life Tour of Britain to Northumberland in 2015 and although details are strictly under wraps for now, more information will be announced next spring.

The Friends Life Tour of Britain is the UK’s largest professional cycle race and Britain’s biggest free-to-attend-live annual sporting event, taking place from the September 6 to 13 in 2015.

Val Tyler, policy board member for community infrastructure and culture with the county council, said: “This will be a great honour for the county and once again showcase our fantastic corner of the north east to a global audience.

“We are very fortunate to have some of the most beautiful countryside, coastline and castles in the country and this will be a fantastic opportunity for Northumberland’s economy and tourism trade.

“We are working closely with event organisers and look forward to be able to share more details next year.”

In 2014, the race had 20 of the world’s top teams competing, including the likes of Sir Bradley Wiggins, Mark Cavendish and Marcel Kittel, with Dylan Van Baarle winning the overall Friends Life Yellow Jersey.

The Friends Life Tour of Britain enjoys global television coverage, being shown in over 130 countries around the world in 2014, including live on ITV4 who screen three-hours of live coverage per stage, plus a daily highlights programme.

More details will be released in the spring.