Salisbury will proudly show the world that it is open for business by hosting the Grand Final of the OVO Energy Tour Series on Thursday 31 May.

Wiltshire’s first ever round of Britain’s leading televised cycle race series, the 10th edition of which is taking place in 2018, forms part of the cathedral city’s recovery from the attack there last month.

A number of special activities to show off Salisbury’s united and dignified response to recent events will be included in a packed programme.

Commenting on the Series’ visit to Salisbury, Race Director Mick Bennett said: “Given the grandeur and the history of Salisbury, not to mention the stunning backdrop of the city’s Guildhall that riders will pass repeatedly, I cannot think of a more fitting place to host the Grand Final of the 10th edition of the OVO Energy Tour Series.

“I’m excited to see how Britain’s best teams respond to the challenge of a new circuit, especially when the Series titles will be on the line. It promises to be a fantastic evening of entertainment – and it’s completely free for spectators!”

As well as being an unticketed, free-to-attend event, the OVO Energy Tour Series is unique in the world of cycling, as the focus in both the men’s and women’s competition is on the teams, who battle for the overall title based on the performance of all five of their riders in each round. Defending men’s champions JLT Condor count three-time British Olympic champion Ed Clancy among their roster, while 2017 women’s Series winners Trek-Drops have established themselves as one of the best development teams on the female scene.

Cycling fans and local residents are guaranteed an evening of fast and thrilling action; in the nine previous Grand Finals to date, the men’s Series title has been up for grabs at six.

Riders will tackle an iconic 1.2-kilometre (0.9-mile) circuit through the city, starting and finishing adjacent to the market and Grade II listed Guildhall. The anti-clockwise lap of Salisbury also takes in Minster Street and Silver Street, passing in front of the historic Poultry Cross, as well as New Canal, Catherine Street, Ivy Street and Brown Street.

Two hour-long highlights programmes – one each for the elite men’s and women’s races for the first time in Series history – will be shown on ITV4 and around the world in over 100 countries in the days after the event to further promote the city’s recovery.