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Last Updated: Monday, 28 August 2006, 19:44 GMT 20:44 UK
Tour of Britain stage guide
The Tour of Britain passes through the Pennines
The Tour of Britain passes through the Pennines on Thursday

This week's Tour of Britain sees some of the world's best cyclists battling it out in six stages across the country.

Stars on display include world champion Tom Boonen, two-time world time-trial champion Michael Rogers and Tour de France podium-finisher Andreas Kloden.

Here's the full run-down on all the action from Glasgow Green to the Mall in London.

STAGE ONE

When: Tuesday, 29 August
Where: Glasgow to Castle Douglas
Length: 162.6km

A rolling route which starts in Glasgow at the People's Palace and heads south to Dumfriesshire.

Without any major climbs, there is no obvious place for a break to go but, if there similar crosswinds to last year, the peloton will have to be wary of an attack at any time.

STAGE TWO

When: Wednesday, 30 August
Where: Blackpool to Liverpool
Length: 163km

Starts next to Blackpool's Sandcastle, navigates east through the Trough of Bowland to Clitheroe before tacking back towards Southport and finishing by Liverpool Town Hall.

Could end in a sprint finish but one of the smaller teams might launch a bid for a stage win.

STAGE THREE

When: Thursday, 31 August
Where: Bradford to Sheffield
Length: 180km

The key stage of the whole race takes the peloton north from Bradford's Centenary Square to Harrogate before heading south for the Pennine Peaks, where the overall race lead could be decided.

A descent into Sheffield, which hosts a stage finish for the third year running, could offer a thrilling chase to the line.

STAGE FOUR

When: Friday, 1 September
Where: Wolverhampton to Birmingham
Length: 130km

With much gentler terrain than the day before, this chase through the Midlands could see a breakaway by a group of riders not in contention for the race leadership.

Heads north-west from Wolverhampton's Market Square to Newport before taking in Stafford, Cannock Chase and finishing at Millennium Point, Birmingham.

STAGE FIVE

When: Saturday, 2 September
Where: Rochester to Canterbury
Length: 152km

A picturesque stage which will act as a dry run for next year's Tour de France stage over much of the same ground.

Narrow lanes at the start offer the chance of an early break.

STAGE SIX

When: Sunday, 3 September
Where: Greenwich Park to the Mall
Length: 82km

A short stage which takes in many of the landmarks of central London including the Houses of Parliament and Buckingham Palace.

With the race likely to have already been decided, the British riders are likely to try to grab some attention in front of what is expected to be a huge home crowd.



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