Birmingham is playing host to two major sporting events which will mean road closures in the city centre this weekend.

Tomorrow the penultimate stage of this year's Tour of Britain will be held in Birmingham for the first time.

And on Sunday the Hydro Active Women's Challenge, formerly known as the Flora Light Women's Challenge, will be staged at Millennium Point.

The fifth stage of the Tour of Britain - the four-kilometre T-Mobile Time Trial - is free for all spectators and will start in Centenary Square, near the ICC, at 11.30am tomorrow. The finish will be in Broad Street.

More than 90 professional cyclists from 16 teams are taking part in the tour, including Australian Michael Rogers, the reigning Time Trial World Champion.

On Sunday, the Hydro Active Women's Challenge, for women of all ages and fitness levels, will be started by the Lord Mayor, Councillor John Hood, at Millennium Point at 10.30am.

About 3,000 women are expected to take part in the 5km charity event and this year runners can enter on the day.

Saturday's road closures will be:

* Broad Street between Sheepcote Street and Paradise Circus, closed between 6am and 5pm. Access around the Berkley Street/Broad Street/Gas Street loop will be maintained;

* The remaining length of Broad Street, together with Sheepcote Street, St Vincent Street, Summer Hill Street the out-of-city carriageway of Summer Row (A457) and minor side roads closed between 11am and 1.40pm. Access to frontages in these areas;

* Through traffic travelling toward the city centre is advised to avoid the Broad Street area using signposted diversions;

* Through traffic travelling away from the city centre is advised to avoid the Broad Street area using signed diversions;

Sunday's road closures will involve:

* Curzon Street next to Millennium Point will be closed to traffic between 6am and 3pm;

* Digbeth (between Bradford Street and the City Centre) and Park Street will be closed from 9am to 12.30pm;

* Jennens Road will be close between 10.10 am to 11.15 am.

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