Top cyclists to race around Lancashire's roads

Britain's most prestigious cycle road race is coming to Lancashire.

The 2009 Tour of Britain will be travelling through the Red Rose county on Tuesday.

The 166 competitors, including Chorley Olympic medallist Bradley Wiggins, will be travelling 150km around the county in less than four hours.

It is the fifth consecutive year the tour has come to Lancashire.

The riders will set off from Stanley Park, Blackpool at 10am before travelling to Cockerham, Caton and the Forest of Bowland.

They will then travel briefly into North Yorkshire before heading south into Waddington and Clitheroe.

The competitors will then leave the Ribble Valley heading for Longridge, Whittingham, Broughton and Inskip.

They will then cross the Fylde travelling through Elswick and Singleton before sprinting back to Lytham St Annes and Blackpool.

A spokesman for Lancashire County Council said roads would be closed, including the busy A585 Mains Lane and the B5269 Whittingham Lane.

However they would only be shut momentarily "to allow the cyclists to pass" and should not cause any major disruption.

Cycling fans are expected to line the 93-mile route to cheer on the competitors as they pass.

Wiggins will be racing with the Garmin-Slipstream team alongside Australians Trent Lowe and Chris Sutton.

Other Brits taking part include the Team Halfords Bikehut, made up of Edward Clancy, Robert Hayles, Mark McNally, Robert Partridge, Andrew Tennant and Ian Wilkinson.

The Tour of Britain is the UK's biggest professional cycle race, attracting over a million spectators to the roadside in 2008.

The final stage will take place in London on September 19.

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