Stage Two will see the Tour of Britain return to Cumbria once again on Monday 5 September as the county emphatically declares itself 'open for business' after this winter's devastating flooding, with a stage from Carlisle city centre to the tough finishing climb of Beast Banks in Kendal, via Cockermouth, Keswick and Ambleside.
From Carlisle the riders will immediately head south to Penrith before turning west and tackling the hills of the Lake District, including Whinlatter Pass. The sternest of these tests is likely to come in Ambleside as the peloton take on the climb notoriously known as 'The Struggle' to cap a stage with 3,779m of climbing. The subsequent descent will take them down to Windermere before the run in to the finish at Kendal, with the 200m, 11% average climb of Beast Banks awaiting riders in the finale.
You can download the below overview map of Stage Two here. Interactive stage maps from Ordnance Survey will be published in the coming weeks and months, along with the full ETA and locations of the intermediate YodelDirect Sprints and SKODA King of the Mountains climbs.