Cheshire will play its role in the Tour of Britain 2016 cycling race with a stage in the county with a spectator-friendly loop giving fans the chance to see the race twice.
The competitors will race from Congleton to Tatton Park in a stage that features the iconic 10km climb of the Cat and Fiddle in Cheshire's Peak District on Tuesday, September 6.
It will be the third stage, following the Grand Depart from Glasgow on Sunday, September 4, and races to Castle Douglas in Dumfries and Galloway and between Carlisle and Kendal in the Lake District.
London will again host the final stage, presented by Transport for London, on Sunday, September 11, using the same circuit as in 2015, focused on Regent Street, the Heart of London and the Northbank, with a repeat of the finish on Regent Street St James just below Piccadilly Circus.
Mick Bennett, Tour of Britain race director, said: "We are confident this year's route for the Tour of Britain will provide the opportunity for eight exciting days of racing and a multitude of opportunities for riders and teams to be aggressive and make the race.
"The route includes major cities such as Glasgow, Bristol, Bath and London, and visits each of Scotland, England and Wales, while at the same time touching many smaller communities and areas where we know the passion and support for cycling is so great."
Full list of stages
- Stage One - Sunday 4 September - Glasgow to Castle Douglas - 168km
- Stage Two - Monday 5 September - Carlisle to Kendal - 195km
- Stage Three - Tuesday 6 September - Congleton to Tatton Park, Knutsford - 182km
- Stage Four - Wednesday 7 September - Denbigh to Builth Wells - 217km
- Stage Five - Thursday 8 September - Aberdare to Bath - 205km
- Stage Six - Friday 9 September - Sidmouth to Haytor, Dartmoor - 150km
- Stage Seven a - Saturday 10 September - Bristol Stage Individual Time Trial - 15km
- Stage Seven b - Saturday 10 September - Bristol Stage Circuit Race - 76.5km
- Stage Eight - Sunday 11 September - London Stage presented by TfL - 100km