Scotland will host the first stage of the second annual running of the Tour of Britain road race which last year visited only England and Wales. And it's a three year deal, securing the future of the race, which its organisers hope will be admitted to the UCI's ProTour series.

Tour of Britain to start north of the Border

The Tour of Britain organisers have signed a three year deal with EventScotland, Glasgow City Council, Dumfries & Galloway Council, Scottish Enterprise Dumfries and Galloway, Visitscotland and Sportscotland.

The rest of the route will be revealed here later this morning.

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