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Great Britain team to compete in home tour

Mark Cavendish, who is taking part in the Tour of Britain, leads a group of cyclists on Box Hill. Click on image to download

A Great Britain squad will take part in the Tour of Britain.

The team of under-23 riders has been confirmed as the 17th squad for the eight-day tour.

Surrey hosts the final stage, which starts in Reigate and finishes in Guildford, on 16 September.

World road race champion Mark Cavendish and Tour de France winner Bradley Wiggins head the list of starters. The race begins in Ipswich on Sunday.

To ensure people have all the information they need to make the most of the race and prepare for any disruption, Surrey County Council has sent newsletters to residents and businesses on the route.

The leaflets include detailed information about road closures, parking restrictions, maps and tips for how people can plan ahead and enjoy the action.

Unlike the Olympic races, where all roads on the route were closed from early in the morning, for the Tour of Britain most roads will only be closed for a short time just before the cyclists come through and will open again once the last support vehicle passes by.

However, some roads will be closed for longer around the start and finish lines in Reigate and Guildford as well as West Street in Dorking and Barhatch Road in Cranleigh. Parking restrictions will also be in place. Estimated times for when the riders will pass through each area are available on www.gosurrey.info.

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