Tour of Britain comes to Greater Manchester: where to watch and how to avoid road closures

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The OVO Energy Tour of Britain comes to Greater Manchester this weekend for only the second time. The eighth and final stage of this year’s Tour is Altrincham to Manchester, a distance of less than 10 miles as the crow flies down the A56.

But this is the Tour of Britain, so the riders will be taking a less direct route via some of the hilliest and most picturesque parts of Greater Manchester.

The riders will leave Altrincham Market Street at 11am on Saturday September 14th and will ride 165km over an incredibly varied course, from city centre streets to the stunning hills and valleys that surround Greater Manchester.

They are expected to arrive at the finish line on Deansgate in Manchester around 3pm. Presentations will take place around 3.30pm.

As you might expect, there will be a series of road closures throughout Greater Manchester to ensure the peloton can progress.

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Key Stage Timings

Saturday 14th September

11:00 – Market Street, Altrincham (stage start)
11:48 – Hazel Grove (Eisberg sprint)
12:11 – Werneth Low (SKODA King of the Mountains)
12:38 – Uppermill (Eisberg sprint)
12:47 – Grains Bar (SKODA King of the Mountains)
13:29 – The Rake (SKODA King of the Mountains)
14:10 – Horwich (Eisberg sprint)
15:12 – Deansgate, Manchester (stage finish)

Road Closures in Manchester

Road closures from 04:30 to 21:00

Water Street – From New Elm Road to Liverpool Road
Liverpool Road – From Water Street to Deansgate
Deansgate – From Whitworth Street West to John Dalton Street
Little Quay Street – From Quay Street to Atkinson Street
Atkinson Street – From Deansgate to Little Quay Street
Quay Street – From Byrom to Deansgate
Peter Street – From Deansgate to Oxford Street
Bootle Street – From Deansgate to Jerusalem Place
Jerusalem Place – From Bootle Street to Peter Street

Road closures for approx. 15 mins between 14.30 and 15.30

Regent Road Eastbound – From River Irwell to Trinity Way
Trinity Way – From Regent Road to Water Street
Water Street – From Trinity Way to New Elm Road

Road closures for approx. 30 mins between 15:00 to 16:00

Watson Street – From Great Bridgewater to Peter Street

For road closures in other parts of Greater Manchester, please visit the Tour of Britain website.

The race is live on ITV4 from 10.45am with highlights at 8pm.

And don’t forget, if you want to get on your bike yourself, Sunday 15th September is the
HSBC UK Let’s Ride Manchester event. It’s free, fun and the perfect activity for the whole family. Find out more here.

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