THOUSANDS of people cheered on the Tour of Britain cyclists as they passed through the region on Monday.

The riders covered 114 miles as they made their way through Northumberland and North Tyneside, before finishing on Grey Street in Newcastle city centre.

Stage 4 of the OVO Energy Tour of Britain will get underway on Gateshead Quayside on Tuesday.

The peloton will pass Anthony Gormley’s Angel of the North sculpture along the day’s route, which heads into County Durham before crossing the Pennines into Cumbria.

The Kendal finish, atop the 500-metre, 11 per cent average gradient climb of Beast Banks, has welcomed the tour on three previous occasions.

The tour will finally end in Manchester on September 14, having been covered live throughout on ITV4.