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Nottinghamshire has once again been chosen to host the penultimate – and longest – stage of the OVO Energy Tour of Britain cycle race.

Returning to Nottingham on Saturday 8th September the tour will start in West Bridgford and end in Mansfield. The course is 140 miles long (the longest stage of the tournament) and will take in the many towns and villages across the county, including Ruddington, Cotgrave, Radcliffe-on-Trent, Southwell, Retford, Worksop and Hucknall. The route will also include key Nottinghamshire landmarks such as the new Sherwood Forest Visitor centre, Newstead Abbey, Clumber Park and Trent Bridge Cricket Ground, taking riders over the Trent Bridge for the first time.

Containing 120 of the world’s top cyclists, last years event attracted over 210,000 supporters on the day – one of the biggest turn-outs across the eight stage race across the UK, boosting the economy by more than £3.4m.

Mick Bennett, Tour of Britain race director, said: “The turn-out for the Nottinghamshire stage last year really was incredible. The viewing figures for ITV4 show that Stage Four 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.”