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Longest stage of Tour of Britain takes place in Wales

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Image caption The Tour of Britain's fourth stage started in Denbigh

The fourth and longest stage of the Tour of Britain has taken place in Wales staring in Denbighshire and finishing in Powys for the first time.

Riders set off from Denbigh and faced a total ascent of 4,133m (13,559 ft) over the stage, which included the Clwydian Hills and Cambrian Mountains.

More than 120 cyclists followed the 135 mile (217km) route before ending at the Royal Welsh showground in Builth Wells.

Olympic gold medallists Sir Bradley Wiggins and Owain Doull took part.

The stage four route took in Mold, Bwlch-y-Safn, Dyfnant and Newbridge-on-Wye.

Steve Hughson, chief executive of the Royal Welsh Show, said he hopes the tour will return to the showground next year, possibly starting and finishing in Llanelwedd.

"If we can look to broaden our opportunities, it gives us a bit of a business cushion," he added.

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Media captionSteve Hughson, chief executive of the Royal Welsh Show, said it is good to show what mid Wales can offer

"But it's also good to bring events like this to mid Wales to show what we can offer."

Wales will also host the start of stage five on Thursday in Aberdare, before the race moves back into England, ending in Bath.

Economy Secretary Ken Skates said: "The Tour of Britain is a fantastic opportunity for us to showcase Wales' unique and beautiful landscape to the world, as well as highlighting our ability to host a variety of major events.

"The spectators in Wales have always given the cyclists a real warm Welsh welcome and have created a fantastic atmosphere. I hope that people from across Wales come out to support the event again this year."

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