Live coverage of last two hours of each stage will also be streamed online, plus usual highlights show

ITV4 will be providing live coverage of all eight of the stages of the 2012 Tour of Britain, which starts on Sunday in Ipswich. The final two hours of each stage will be aired live by the channel as well as streamed online on the ITV4 website, while there will also be a highlights package broadcast on the channel each evening.

It is the first time that every stage of the race will have been broadcast live and reflects the channel’s growing cycling coverage. There will also be big screens at each stage finish so those watching the race in person don’t miss any of the action.

ITV Director of Sport Niall Sloane commented: "Following our hugely popular coverage of the Tour de France as well as the Vuelta, we're delighted to be able to bring ITV4 viewers a third major cycling event this year with all the key action from The Tour of Britain."

The programming will be produced by Century TV, which has put together the television coverage of the past five editions of the race.

Hugh Roberts, Chief Executive of race organisers SweetSpot Group, said: “This is a great step forward for The Tour of Britain in what has been a fantastic year for cycling in this country, in a sport that continues to grow year-on-year.  We look forward to rounding off the year in spectacular style with the best ever Tour of Britain.

“We have worked tirelessly with our stakeholders and partners around the country to make this happen, and are delighted that for the first time ever cycling fans can watch each day of The Tour live, wherever they are in Britain.”

Details of each stage and the scheduled coverage on ITV4 are shown below.

Sunday 9th September, Stage One, Ipswich to Norfolk Showground
Live – 13:45; Highlights – 20:00

Monday 10th September, Stage Two, Nottingham to Knowsley
Live – 13:15; Highlights – 19:00

Tuesday 11th September, Stage Three, Jedburgh to Dumfries
Live – 13:30; Highlights – 19:00

Wednesday 12th September, Stage Four, Carlisle to Blackpool
Live – 13:30; Highlights – 19:00

Thursday 13th September, Stage Five, The Stoke-on-Trent Stage
Live – 12:45; Highlights – 19:00

Friday 14th September, Stage Six, Welshpool to Caerphilly
Live – 13:45; Highlights – 19:00

Saturday 15th September, Stage Seven, Barnstaple to Dartmouth
Live – 13:15; Highlights – 19:00

Sunday 16th September, Stage Eight, Reigate to Guildford
Live – 14:30; Highlights – 19:00

Each of the one-hour highlights shows will be repeated the following morning, while those shows will also be available to watch on ITV Player for 30 days after their first broadcast.

Born in Scotland, Simon moved to London aged seven and now lives in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds with his miniature schnauzer, Elodie. He fell in love with cycling one Saturday morning in 1994 while living in Italy when Milan-San Remo went past his front door. A daily cycle commuter in London back before riding to work started to boom, he's been news editor at road.cc since 2009. Handily for work, he speaks French and Italian. He doesn't get to ride his Colnago as often as he'd like, and freely admits he's much more adept at cooking than fettling with bikes.