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Tour of Britain 2012: ITV to broadcast live coverage

The Tour of Britain will be broadcast live on television for the first time.

The eight-stage, 1,350 kilometre race, which starts in Ipswich on Sunday, will be shown by ITV4, who have already broadcast the Tour de France and Vuelta a Espana this year.

Niall Sloane, ITV Director of Sport, said: “Following our hugely popular coverage of the Tour de France as well as the Vuelta, we’re delighted to be able to bring ITV4 viewers a third major cycling event this year with all the key action from The Tour of Britain.”

The network will broadcast over 24-hours of coverage produced by Century TV, the company that has filmed the last five editions of the race.

The efforts of riders like Endura Racing’s Jon Tiernan-Locke in the Tour of Britain will be broadcast live on ITV

Coverage will be broadcast live on ITV4 and streamed online via the ITV website. It begins on Sunday (Sept 2) with live screening of stage one from Ipswich to Norfolk Showground at 1.45pm

Hugh Roberts, chief executive of Tour of Britain organisers, SweetSpot, said he was delighted that cycling fans anywhere in Britain would be able to watch the race live.

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Broadcast times

Stage one (Ipswich to Norfolk Showground) – Sunday September 9 – Live – 1.45pm; Highlights – 8pm

Stage two (Nottingham to Knowsley) – Monday Septemeber 10 – Live – 1.15pm; Highlights – 7pm

Stage three (Jedburgh to Dumfries) – Tuesday September 11 – Live – 1.30pm; Highlights – 7pm

Stage four (Carlisle to Blackpool) – Wednesday September 12 – Live – 1.30pm; Highlights – 7pm

Stage five (Stoke on Trent) – Thursday September 13 – Live – 12.45pm; Highlights – 7pm

Stage six (Welshpool to Caerphilly) – Friday September 14 – Live – 13.45pm; Highlights – 7pm

Stage seven (Barnstaple to Dartmouth) – Saturday September 15 – Live – 1.15pm; Highlights – 7pm

Stage eight (Reigate to Guildford) – Sunday September 16 – Live – 2.30pm; Highlights – 7pm

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