Ceredigion county council says spectators will not be permitted to attend the start of the fourth stage of the prestigious Tour of Britain.

Aberaeron has been chosen as this year's host venue on September 8.

The route will take some of the best professional riders in the world up to Aberystwyth and Borth, before moving on to Barmouth.

The eight-stage event is the UK’s most recognised international road cycling race and is broadcast to a global audience.

Despite the significance of the event, the council said it will be "maintaining public safety" as it confirmed it will be "a closed start."

"Spectators will not be allowed at the start of the fourth stage location," a statement confirmed.

"Nevertheless, spectators can continue to support the event along the route while being mindful of social distancing and practice road safety as a pedestrian, cyclist and fan.

"Fans can also enjoy watching the event from the comfort of their own home as it will be televised."

The council's leader Ellen ap Gwynn, said: "We’re delighted to welcome the Tour of Britain to Ceredigion this year.

"As the Tour travels up the wonderful coastline from Aberaeron towards the north of the county, people will be able to experience the breathtaking scenery through the extensive coverage of the race on ITV4.

"Active travel and improving our health and wellbeing is a key priority for us here in Ceredigion; this may be the event for you that will spark a new interest in cycling.

"If so, Ceredigion is ready with our abundance of trails and tracks for you to explore.”

Mark Cavendish, regarded as the greatest sprinter of all time, has been confirmed as the first rider for this year’s Tour of Britain.

A world champion on both road and track, he equalled Eddy Merckx’s long-standing record of 34 stage victories in the Tour de France, and won the race’s prestigious points competition in July.

Meanwhile Tokyo 2020 Olympic medallist and six-time Tour de France stage winner Wout van Aert will also be appearing, be making his Tour of Britain debut.

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