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Tour of Britain to be screened live by ITV

The Tour of Britain will be broadcast live on ITV every day of the eight-stage race, which starts on Sunday.

ITV4 will screen two hours of live coverage of each stage and a one-hour daily highlights programme.

The final stage of the Tour of Britain will take place in Surrey on September 16, starting in Reigate and winding through 90 miles of the county’s roads before finishing on the cobbles of Guildford High Street.

British cycling hero Bradley Wiggins. Click image to download

Bradley Wiggins, who won the Olympic time trial gold medal last month, and world champion Mark Cavendish are among the high-profile riders taking part.

Surrey County Council leader David Hodge said: “This is another great chance to show millions of people what Surrey has to offer.”

The eyes of the world were on Surrey when it hosted the men’s and women’s Olympic road races and time trials this summer.

To ensure people have all the Tour of Britain 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 http://www.gosurrey.info.

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