The OVO Energy Tour of Britain comes to Durham - here are the times, route and where you can best watch it.

The Tour of Britain cycling race makes its rapid way south over the next few days. Having passed from Berwick through Northumberland and down to Newcastle's Grey Street, the Tour of Britain Durham stage will see the riders passing through our region from Gateshead on Tuesday September 10, making their way across to Cumbria.

The week-long race ends on Saturday September 14 - and although it's only briefly passing through one part of County Durham, the Tour of Britain will be worth going to watch if you can.

What is the Tour of Britain?

The Tour of Britain is a week-long cycle race that started on September 7. It runs from Scotland to Manchester's Deansgate, covering approximately 1,250 kilometres in the process.

Dylan Groenewegen won stage three, which travelled from Berwick to Newcastle. The County Durham stage of the Tour of Britain is stage four, beginning in Gateshead, passing through our county and ending in Kendal in Cumbria.

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Stage four promises to be one of the toughest days in modern OVO Energy Tour of Britain history, packing in almost 3,000 metres of climbing during its 171.5-kilometre (106-mile) east to west route.

What are the Tour of Britain Durham timings?

The Tour of Britain will enter County Durham from about 11.50am, and will leave about an hour later at 1pm. The tour reaches Kendal between 3pm and 3.50pm.

Organisers give approximate times for where the tour will be and when, depending on the speed of the race and the weather conditions. The Tour of Britain Durham times are (approximately) that it will reach Ebchester anytime from 11.53am to 12.01pm; and Snods Edge between 12.01-12.11pm, which is the first King of the Mountain point.

The Tour of Britain passes through Durham on Tuesday September 10

Into the North Pennines, the Tour of Britain reaches Edmundbyers sometime between 12.08 and 12.20pm, and Weardale from 12.17-12.31pm. Stanhope will welcome the Tour of Britain riders sometime between 12.23 and 12.39pm, and the next King of the Mountain point is Bollihope Common between 12.29-12.46pm.

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Reaching Teesdale between 12.36-12.54pm, the Tour of Britain leaves County Durham via Townhead between 12.48 and 1.39pm.

Where can I watch the Tour of Britain in Durham?

The Tour of Britain passes through several County Durham villages, including the centre of Ebchester, along the A694 to Shotley Bridge and down not far from Derwent Reservoir, going from Carterway Heads to Edmundbyers.

It then heads down Crawleyside Bank (the B6278) to Stanhope, turning right at the Grey Bull and across the river, passing through beautiful countryside to Middleton in Teesdale.

The next main town for the Tour of Britain will be Brough, then a sprint at Kirkby Stephen.

You can see the full stage four Tour of Britain Durham route on the official website here:

Are there Tour of Britain road closures in Durham?

There will be a rolling road closure in County Durham for the Tour of Britain. Roads around the cycling race route will be closed by police escort vehicles about 15 or 20 minutes before the lead cyclists arrive.

There will also be some temporary parking restrictions to keep the road clear - keep an eye out for advanced warning signs.

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