New figures show over 50,000 spectators lined Altrincham streets for Tour of Britain opening stage 2023

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The opening stage of the race was a resounding success for Greater Manchester

New data has shown the extent of the successful opening to the 2023 Tour of Britain. This year's first stage started in Altrincham and saw riders make their way through Greater Manchester. 

Tour of Britain organisers have revealed stats which show over 50,000 spectators lined the streets of Altrincham. The thousands watched on during September 3- the opening day of the prestigious event. 

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After leaving Altrincham, riders went across Greater Manchester past towns including Rochdale. The Greater Manchester stage finished up in Manchester city centre. 

The extra footfall was positive for local businesses also. Shops and cafes saw a rise in trade thanks to the surge in visitors to the town centre. 

Cllr Cath Hynes, Trafford Council’s Executive Member for Leisure, Arts, Culture and Heritage, said: “It was an amazing day and I’m delighted so many spectators were able to come and watch. Altrincham is such a vibrant market town and has so much to offer so we were delighted to be given the chance to showcase Altrincham to so many people.”

Thousands of people watched the Tour of Britain in Greater Manchester (Photo: Alex Whitehad)Thousands of people watched the Tour of Britain in Greater Manchester (Photo: Alex Whitehad)
Thousands of people watched the Tour of Britain in Greater Manchester (Photo: Alex Whitehad) | Alex Whitehead/SWpix.com

Mandy White, Manager of Altrincham BID, said: “It was fantastic to welcome this high-profile, international sporting event to the town again. It provides great exposure for Altrincham and a positive economic benefit to the businesses.”

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