The UK’s largest free to attend sporting event starts today. And those in the know, know that this sporting event is cycling’s very own Tour of Britain.

This year sees the event start in Rochdale and eight days later, it will roll into London at the new finish location in the Olympic and Para Olympic Borough of Newham, Newham Dockside.

Yesterday the pre-race press conference took place at the Reebok Stadium in Bolton. In attendance were Geraint Thomas (Team Sky), Richie Porte (Team Saxo Bank), Cameron Meyer (Team Garmin Transitions), and Mark Renshaw (Team HTC-Columbia). Here is a video from the press conference:

Don’t forget that if you want to keep up-to-date with live updates from the race, there are various ways you can do this:

1) Follow The Tour of Britain on Twitter;

2) Watch The Tour of Britain on ITV4 every evening; or

3) Watch the live tracking on each stage page on the website.

An added bonus, here are some pictures from the 2009 event. Enjoy!

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