Altrincham gets set to host start of final stage of prestigious cycle race

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The countdown is on to the start of one of the world’s leading sporting events, when Altrincham plays host to the final stage of the OVO Energy Tour of Britain.
Some of the sport’s top cyclists are will be in the town on Saturday September 14 as the route goes from Altrincham to the finishing line on Deansgate in Manchester.
The final stage begins on Stamford New Road before heading out to Hale via Victoria Road. After departing Trafford when it crosses the River Bollin, it then goes through all 10 boroughs of Greater Manchester before finishing on Deansgate.
Spectators can cheer on the peloton which contains two teams from Great Britain, including Team Wiggins and the Great Britain Cycling Team.
Cllr Andrew Western, leader of Trafford Council, said:

Being given the chance to host the final stage of such a prestigious event represents yet another major coup for Trafford and we hope to give people in the borough many more opportunities to watch similar events on their doorstep in the future.

Our reputation as a venue for staging top class sport is now well-established. We have the facilities to stage them.”

It brings to an end a top class summer of sport for the borough, which has also seen Trafford play host to a number of matches in the Cricket World Cup at the Emirates Old Trafford.
Julie Harrington, CEO of British Cycling said the event, which sets off from Glasgow on September 7, attracts ‘a staggering field of riders year after year’.
The field of competitors includes Mathieu Van der Poel, one of the rising stars of the sport of cycling  and four-time Tour de France stage winner Dylan Groenewegen.
Road closures in Altrincham will be in place for the stage on September. These are: Market Street, Regent Road, Shaws Road and Central Way.
Rolling closures of Railway Street, Ashley Road, Hale Road, Victoria Road and Ashley Road out to the Trafford Boundary will also be required once the peloton leaves Altrincham.

Posted on Tuesday 27th August 2019