The Tour of Britain is returning to Cumbria this year.

Stage Six of the 2021 tour will start in the county before finishing the section in Gateshead.

The stage will take place on Friday 10 September.

The exact route and location for the Cumbria stage will be announced in the summer.

Cllr Deborah Earl, Cumbria County Council Cabinet member for Public Health, is pleased that Britain’s biggest cycle race is coming back to the region.

She said: “We’re thrilled that the Tour of Britain is scheduled to return to Cumbria in September following the postponement of the 2020 race as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. The Tour of Britain is a fantastic sports event that inspires more people to get out on their own bikes, which is great for everyone’s health and wellbeing. We fully support the race organisers’ efforts to work with stakeholders to monitor the public health situation and to meet any requirements in place for outdoor sports events in September to ensure that the Tour of Britain can take place safely.”

Cumbria last hosted a tour stage in 2019.

The 2021 tour will start in Cornwall on 5 September and finishes in Aberdeen on 12 September.

It will be the first race in two years after the Covid-19 pandemic cancelled 2020’s tour.