Six reasons why you cannot miss Friday's Tour of Britain stage

The race's GC battle kicked into life today: its sixth stage promises to be even better.

(Image credit: Theo Southee Photography)

If Thursday's exciting Tour of Britain stage – won by Sky's Wout Poels atop Hartside Fell following a large surge – whet your appetite for more exciting, end-of-season racing, then tomorrow's instalment of the national tour should fulfil that craving.

The 192.7-kilometre route from Tour favourite Stoke-on-Trent to Nottingham will likely prove the race's final GC shake-up. Racing begins in Hanley at 10:30am, with live coverage on ITV4 and Eurosport from 1pm and 1.15pm resepctively. There's no excuse not to watch either in person or on the box, but if you're in need of persuading, then keep on reading to see why you think you should.

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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.