Nottinghamshire will welcome back Britain’s most prestigious annual cycling event for its eleventh edition this summer.

Cycling enthusiasts will be expected to line the streets this September to watch the fourth stage of the Tour of Britain which will be taking a more urban route than that of last year.

It was announced yesterday that the tour will be running through the heart of the city, as well as different Nottinghamshire towns starting in West Bridgford and ending in Mansfield.

Last year the tour came to Nottinghamshire and fans flocked to the event in their thousands and local business owners will be hoping for the same figures this year.

The tour is expected to bring in cycling fans from all over the country and extra investment in restaurants, hotels and shops in areas on the route.

The tour did not include the city centre last September and locals will be happy with the recent announcement that the tour will this year include their area.

ITV4 will be hoping to reach the viewing figure of 1 million that they reached last year in the Nottingham phase of the tour, as the company is set to broadcast the race again this September.

Nottingham council will hope that the event will bring residents together and inspire members of the local community to pick up a bike and get fit.

The tour has brought about a perfect opportunity for Nottinghamshire to showcase it towns and communities to the rest of the country when the tour rolls through the county.

Nottingham will welcome the riders and its fans for the tour which will take place between September 2 and September 9.