ROAD closures will be rolled out in Gwent today as the Tour of Britain cycling event sweeps through Gwent.

The fifth stage of the Tour of Britain, the premier road cycling event from British Cycling, will take a cut through the area today.

The 205km stage will take the riders across Pontypool, Monmouthshire and the Wye Valley and into the Forest of Dean and Gloucestershire via the Bigsweir Bridge, passing iconic landmarks such as Tintern Abbey.

Residents will get the chance to see some of the world's best teams and riders, including Sir Bradley Wiggins, competing right on their doorstep.

World class riders enter Caerphilly county borough at Nelson continuing through Ystrad Mynach, Maesycwmmer, Pontllanfraith, Oakdale, Croespenmaen and Crumlin before entering Torfaen at the top of Hafodrynys Hill. 

Temporary road closures will be in place between approximately 11am and midday. 

In Pontypool, road closures will also be in place between 11am – 12.30pm including Crumlin Road, Albion Road, Clarence Road, Rockhill Road and Usk Road.

Gwent Police confirm the roads “should not be closed for more than 30 minutes”.

Following this, the route enters Monmouthshire at Mamhilad along the A4042 to Little Mill. From there, it follows the A472 through Usk and then on minor roads to Gwernesney.

The route will pass through Llansoy, Trelech and Tintern before leaving Monmouthshire at Bigsweir Bridge near Llandogo.

Rolling road closures will be in place along the route between 11.30am – 1pm.