Video: The planned route of Stage 7 of the Tour of Britain (Credit: The Tour)
A fly-through has been posted of the planned route of Stage 7 of the Tour of Britain, which is set to run from West Bridgford and finish in Mansfield.
The penultimate stage through Nottinghamshire is the longest stage on the tour where cyclists will travel a distance of 223km.
The stage will run on Saturday September 8 and it makes up just under a fifth of the total 1,140km the cyclists will compete across.
Some elements of the route are still being finalised.
Leader of Nottinghamshire County Council Kay Cutts said: “We are absolutely delighted the race will be returning to our great county and will take in every district including the city area.
“Last year’s event really was a fantastic day and shows Nottinghamshire has what it takes to host a sporting event of this scale.
“We hope even more residents and visitors will turn out in force to experience this fantastic event this year and let’s hope the county reaps even bigger economic benefits.”
Video: A preview of the eight stages of the Tour of Britain (Credit: The Tour)
Last year’s stage attracted more than 210,000 supporters on the day.
Newark and Sherwood District Council leader David Lloyd said: “We look forward to the involvement of many communities across the district.
“Last year thousands of the district’s residents were able to share in this celebration of cycling while showing off the district at its very best to an international audience.”
Tour of Britain Race Director Mick Bennett said: “The turn-out for the Nottinghamshire stage last year really was incredible.
“The viewing figures showed the Notts stage was popular with the audience at home too with half a million people tuning in to watch the highlights – attracting the highest ratings of any of the other seven highlight shows.
“This year’s route makes it seem like a completely different county!
“We are taking in a lot of new areas, approaching a significant part of 2017’s route from the opposite direction as well as having hillier sections this time.”