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  1. Updates on Monday 5 September 2016

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As it happened: BBC Cumbria Live

Lee Macaulay

Journalist, BBC Cumbria

Well then, a thrilling end to this Tour of Britain in Cumbria as Belgium Etixx Quick Step rider Julien Vermote pipped Team Dimension Data's Stephen Cumming from Great Britain to the line on Beast Banks in Kendal.

It's also the end of our updates for today, but we'll be back tomorrow from 08:00 with more news, sport, travel and weather for Cumbria.

If you've got some news to tell or any pictures to share, why not email us, tweet us @BBC_Cumbria or contact us via Facebook.   

Julien Vermote wins Stage two of the Tour of Britain in Kendal

Team pays tribute to Stage two winner Vermote

Tour of Britain stage two won by Adrien Vermote

Belgium's Adrien Vermote takes first place on Kendal's Beast Banks over Team Dimension Data's Stephen Cummings from Great Britain.

Dan Martin (Etixx - Quick Step) picks up third place from the chasing group

Could GB's Steven Cummings take the stage? 1km to go

Crowds in Kendal wait to greet the leading riders

Tour of Britain: As it stands

It's all getting very heated as the race gets within 15km of the finish on Beast Banks in Kendal.

The leading group of 11 riders is around 2mins 29secs ahead of the peloton as they travel down Crook Road towards Kendal.

Dimension Data's Stephen Cummings and Julien Vermote of Team Etixx - Quick Step are breaking away from the leaders though with a 10 second advantage.

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Your photos: Tour of Britain in Cockermouth

One of the BBC Weather Watchers Michael's Meadow took this photo of the riders passing through Cockermouth.

Tour of Britain in Cockermouth
Michael's Meadow

Six put themselves in leading group after The Struggle

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The peloton is gaining on the leaders though and is only 34secs behind.

Tour of Britain: as it stands

There's still a group of 15 riders leading a breakaway from the main peloton who are 1min 40secs behind as the race makes it to Grasmere.

A chase group of two including Great Britain's Adam Blythe is 1min 20secs behind the lead group.

It's a sprint clean sweep for André Greipel as he picks up the win in the third and final intermediate sprint through the village to go with his other two wins.

Up very soon is the gruelling final King of the Mountains climb at The Struggle which has a 20% gradient in places. 

That's probably coming up at around 15:10.

Profile of stage from Grasmere to Kendal
Tour of Britain

King of the Mountains result: Chestnut Hill, Keswick

Team Wanty - Groupe Gobert's Xandro Meurisse takes the line first on Chestnut Hill in Keswick for the second King of the Mountains climb. 

Jacopo Mosca (Trek) and Nicholas Roche (Team Sky) follow him in second and third.

King of the Mountains 2 on map
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Sprint results: Hesket Newmarket and Cockermouth

Overall leader and yellow jersey André Greipel (Lotto Soudal) has won the first two of today's intermediate sprints which add to his overall lead in the general classification and give him points in the race for the sprints jersey.

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The final sprint takes place in Grasmere at around 14:50.

King of the Mountains result: Whinlatter Pass

Team Sky's Nicholas Roche takes the first King of the Mountains climb of Stage two over Whinlatter Pass.

The lead group which is around a 1min 43secs ahead of the peloton is now passing through Keswick with 60km to go.

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Tour of Britain: How it stands

Overall leader and yellow jersey-wearing André Greipel is leading a breakaway group which includes three Irish riders: Ryan Mullen, Nicolas Roche and Conor Dunne as the riders close in on the first climb of the stage, the Category two Whinlatter Pass.

Over on the Tour of Britain live coverage, there's a video showing what the climb looks like.

That group is about +1:28 ahead of the peloton.

After Whinlatter, it's Keswick which is where BBC Radio Cumbria's John Bowness is waiting with the crowds.

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Video: Tour of Britain riders en route to Embleton via Cockermouth

Wiggo tells BBC Cumbria today could be 'toughest stage of the race'

BBC Radio Cumbria Sport

Earlier today, BBC Radio Cumbria Sport caught up with Sir Bradley Wiggins before the start of Stage two.

He told Paul Newton about the challenge ahead for riders today - including getting up the course's final climb at The Struggle.

The lead rider for Team Wiggins speaks to BBC Radio Cumbria Sport's Paul Newton

Tour of Britain: Crowds lining the route

Organisers seem pretty pleased with the number of people who have come out to watch the Tour of Britain today.

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On Look North at lunchtime: Tour of Britain in Cumbria

Megan Paterson

Reporter, BBC Look North

More than 120 elite cyclists are making their way through Cumbria today as stage two of the Tour of Britain takes place.  

Crowds gathered to see the likes of Olympic medal winners Bradley Wiggins and Mark Cavendish as the stage began in Carlisle this morning.    

Mark Cavendish at the start of the Tour of Britain

The 117 mile route will take in some of the Lake District's most difficult passes before finishing in Kendal.  

Riders at the start of the Tour of Britain

Watch the full report on BBC One in the North East & Cumbria at 13:30.

Cumbrian pair give advice for tackling the Struggle to Tour of Britain riders

Lee Macaulay

Journalist, BBC Cumbria

Here's a great video that's being shared a lot on social media today.

Ambleside kids Rowan and Bobby have been giving the pro-riders tips on how to ride up The Struggle which is on the edge of the town.

It's seen by many of the teams as this stage's toughest challenge with a 20% gradient to climb in places.

Rowan and Bobby climb The Struggle
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A few people in Carlisle looking for somewhere else to park the car

Lee Macaulay

Journalist, BBC Cumbria

So it's been a bit strange this morning for some of the shops and companies, including BBC Cumbria, around Annetwell Street and Castle Street in Carlisle because it's where all of the team buses and cars have been parked up before the start of today's race.

Our sport reporter James Phillips snapped these on the way in:

Team buses outside BBC Radio Cumbria

The peleton reaches Lazonby

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Lazonby and Eden in the Tour of Britain
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Tour of Britain spectators waiting in Penrith

The Tour of Britain riders will be in Penrith after cycling just over 32km.

BBC Cumbria's John Bowness is there with the other spectators waiting for their arrival.

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The riders to catch today

So here are the four riders who are leading different standings in this year's Tour so far.

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What happens next in Stage 2?

So the riders started from the middle of Carlisle but that wasn't the start 'proper' which is 9km away.

The 0km mark is on Cumwhinton Road as the riders leave Carlisle - where they're jostling for position at the front of the pack.

Carlisle in the 2016 Tour of Britain Stage 2
Tour of Britain / Google

Just over 32km after that the riders will be in Penrith - where BBC Cumbria's John Bowness is ready and waiting for the peloton:  

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The view from the start

The leader of Carlisle City Council, Labour's Colin Glover, had a great view of the peloton traveling along English Street.

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Video: How the Tour of Britain start happened in Carlisle

BBC Cumbria was at the start line as more than 100 cyclists got under way on what's being talked about by some teams as one of the toughest stages of this year's Tour of Britain.

The riders will race 187.7km (116.6) miles from Carlisle to Kendal.

Take a look at the start here.

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BreakingThe peloton is away!

The riders have left from Carlisle's English Street.

Mark Cavendish meets fans outside Tullie House museum

Carlisle cycle team get ready to lead out the pros

Megan Paterson

Reporter, BBC Look North

Teams getting ready for today's stage

Some of the teams competing in this year's Tour of Britain are talking about today's route on social media.

Looks like some of them are expecting a tougher day than yesterday's first stage in Scotland.

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Trying to track down Sir Bradley Wiggins

Megan Paterson

Reporter, BBC Look North

Watch live: Riders being introduced to the crowd in Carlisle

Lee Macaulay

Journalist, BBC Cumbria

The teams competing in this year's Tour of Britain are being introduced at the start line in Carlisle.

BBC Radio Cumbria's Paul Braithwaite is live on Facebook for the team presentation ahead of the race start at 11:00.

Tour of Britain: Andre Greipel wins first stage

BBC Sport

Germany's Andre Greipel won the opening stage of the Tour of Britain after Mark Cavendish crashed out.

The 34 year old won the 100.5-mile stage from Glasgow to Castle Douglas ahead of Australian Caleb Ewan and Dutch rider Ramon Sinkeldam.

Cavendish, 31, crashed on a tight corner close to the finish, along with Team Sky's Elia Viviani, as he chased an 11th stage victory in the race.

Monday's second stage sees the riders race 187.7km (116.6 miles) from Carlisle to Kendal.

Andre Greipel wins first stage of Tour of Britain

Weather: Fells forecast

BBC Weather

Here's the fells forecast for the rest of the day: 

  • Temperatures at 3,000ft: 10C rising to 12C
  • Winds: A fresh southeasterly breeze strengthening and veering southwesterly. 
  • Cloud: Hill fog at 500m becoming widespread and persistent. As low as 200m in places. 
  • Visibility: Reducing to moderate or poor in drizzle and with hill fog. 
  • Freezing Level: Well above the summits.

Watch: See final preparations for 2016 Tour of Britain stage two

Lee Macaulay

Journalist, BBC Cumbria

BBC Radio Cumbria's Mike Zeller has been out in Carlisle this morning to see the final touches being made to the start of this year's Cumbrian stage of the Tour of Britain.

BBC Cumbria was live on Facebook while the work was being done.

Tour of Britain preparations in Carlisle

Weather: Cloudy and damp to start

BBC Weather

A damp and cloudy start with some light rain, mist and fog. 

Becoming more humid through the day with a gentle breeze and highs of 20C.

Here's how the morning forecast looks at the start of today's Tour of Britain stage in Cumbria - Carlisle:

Morning weather for Carlisle

You can check the forecast for your part of the county on the BBC Weather website.

Travel: Queuing traffic on the reopened A590 at Greenodd

BBC Travel

There's now congestion and queuing traffic on the reopened A590 at Greenodd in both directions between A5092 (Greenodd) and B5278 (Haverthwaite).

The road had been closed for about an hour because a lorry had shed its load of hazardous material containers.

Cumbria Police said they had remained intact and did not leak.