Gateshead hosts Tour of Britain

Tour of Britain Angel of the North

Crowds turned out in droves as the Tour of Britain, the UK's biggest and most prestigious cycling race, weaved through Gateshead yesterday (10 September).  Residents were given a fantastic opportunity to get up close to some of the world's top teams and riders as they went head to head across 106 miles.

Considered the toughest of the race, Stage Four of the Tour began alongside the famous BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art and Sage Gateshead before racing through Gateshead passing the iconic Angel of the North and on through Sunniside, Whickham and Blaydon.

Thousands of school children and residents lined the route to show their support with banners and flags to cheer the cyclists on their way before entering Country Durham at Blackhall Mill.

The Peloton continued across the Pennines before finishing in Kendal where crowds watched Mathieu Van der Poel outsprint his rivals on Beast Banks to a stunning victory across the finish line.

Councillor Angela Douglas, Cabinet Member for Culture, Sport and Leisure said:

"To be able to host such a prestigious event in Gateshead is fantastic and a wonderful opportunity for all our residents and children to witness an amazing sporting spectacle on their doorsteps.    The experience of seeing these incredible sportsmen so close will make a lasting impression and hopefully encourage people to get out on their own bikes."

Tour of Britain Angel of the North
11 September 2019

Crowds turned out in droves as the Tour of Britain, the UK's biggest and most prestigious cycling race, weaved through Gateshead yesterday (10 September).  Residents were given a fantastic opportunity to get up close to some of the world's top teams and riders as they went head to head across 106 miles.

Considered the toughest of the race, Stage Four of the Tour began alongside the famous BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art and Sage Gateshead before racing through Gateshead passing the iconic Angel of the North and on through Sunniside, Whickham and Blaydon.

Thousands of school children and residents lined the route to show their support with banners and flags to cheer the cyclists on their way before entering Country Durham at Blackhall Mill.

The Peloton continued across the Pennines before finishing in Kendal where crowds watched Mathieu Van der Poel outsprint his rivals on Beast Banks to a stunning victory across the finish line.

Councillor Angela Douglas, Cabinet Member for Culture, Sport and Leisure said:

"To be able to host such a prestigious event in Gateshead is fantastic and a wonderful opportunity for all our residents and children to witness an amazing sporting spectacle on their doorsteps.    The experience of seeing these incredible sportsmen so close will make a lasting impression and hopefully encourage people to get out on their own bikes."

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