Tour Series returns to Stoke-on-Trent

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Hundreds of people are expected to line to streets of Hanley this afternoon, as some of Britain's top cyclists return to the city.

The Tour Series circuit race is back for the eighth time, featuring seven professional men’s teams.

The city centre will also host the Women’s Matrix Fitness Grand Prix Series.

Highlights of the Tour Series will be broadcast on ITV4.

As part of the event activities will take place for schools this afternoon, as well as a corporate relay for local businesses.

Several roads will be closed off for most of the day - there are full details of closures here.

It's the first of two cycling events taking place in Stoke-on-Trent this year, with the Women's Tour returning to the Potteries in June.

Cllr Terry Follows, the city council’s cabinet member for greener city, development and leisure, said: “We’re delighted to be welcoming two top cycling events to the city this summer. Both of them promise to be real spectacles for the public and with them being only four weeks apart, there should be a real buzz in the city. We will also have a range of fun community activities taking place to support both events on the day.

“Last year we were a European City of Sport for the UK which was a fantastic achievement but a big part of it was creating a legacy which went beyond the 12 months, and these events continue our long association with cycling.

“Both races give people fantastic opportunities to watch at the start, finish or along the route and get themselves right next to the action.

"The races will draw crowds into the city, which is great news for our businesses and economy, and will hopefully inspire more people to take up cycling and get active.

"They will also raise our profile on a national and international level, showcasing all that is great about Stoke-on-Trent and showing our ability to host top events as we bid to become UK City of Culture in 2021.”

Race director Mick Bennett said: “Stoke-on-Trent has been a longstanding supporter of both The Tour Series and women’s cycling.

"The two events will give cycling fans from the city and further afield the chance to watch some of the very best cyclists in action in Stoke-on-Trent.

“The Tour Series is action-packed and great for spectators, with two hours of elite racing across both the men and women’s event, so the perfect chance to see up close just how fast and skillful these riders are."

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