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The second stage of the Tour will take the riders to the Cyclopark in Kent.

They will tackle a 62.5km (25-lap) circuit race around the Gravesend venue.

It will be Kent's first ever stage of the Women's Tour, and the biggest international sporting event the county has held since the 2007 Tour de France Grand Depart.

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A history of the big cycling events in Suffolk

Suffolk has been a favourite county for hosting stages of some of Britain's major cycling races in recent years.

In the inaugral Women's Tour in 2014, the third stage went from Felixstowe to Clacton.

In 2015, stage one ended in Aldeburgh where Lizzie Armitstead crashed at the finish line, while stage two went from Braintree in Essex to Clacton, via Sudbury and Hadleigh.

Women's Tour in East Bergholt, 2015
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Cyclists pass through John Constable's home village of East Bergholt in 2015

The 2016 event had a stage from Southwold to Norwich, while last year featured a stage beteen Framlingham and Southwold.

For the men's Tour of Britain, the opening stage in 2012 went from Ipswich to Norwich.

In 2015, it was back in Norfolk and Suffolk, including a sprint section on the runway at the Army's Wattisham airfield.

Tour of Britain at Wattisham airfield
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In 2017, the men had a sprint time trial at Clacton in Essex, followed by a stage six jaunt between Newmarket and Aldeburgh in Suffolk.

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