Liverpool criterium to open 2014 Tour of Britain

The Beatles' home city returns to the race for the first time since 2008.

Mark Cavendish wins, Tour of Britain 2013, stage four

Ten laps of a 13-kilometre circuit around Liverpool will kick start this year's Tour of Britain, it was confirmed this morning.

The Merseyside city last hosted the national tour in 2008, when it welcomed the final stage from Blackpool. On that day, Mark Cavendish's current team-mate Alessandro Petacchi took the victory.

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Nick Bull is an NCTJ qualified journalist who has written for a range of titles, as well as being a freelance writer at Beat Media Group, which provides reports for the PA Media wire which is circulated to the likes of the BBC and Eurosport. His work at Cycling Weekly predominantly dealt with professional cycling, and he now holds a role as PR & Digital Manager at SweetSpot Group, which organises the Tour of Britain.