- ‘Record’ crowds for cycle race (bbc.co.uk)
It is the third year the Norfolk and Suffolk stage has featured in the Tour of Britain.
It began at Ipswich waterfront, where Bradley Wiggins, the four-time Olympic gold medallist and Tour de France winner, and Mark Cavendish, the reigning world road race champion, were in demand from autograph-hunters.
It is estimated 175,000 watched the 200km (124 miles) stage on Sunday – 25,000 more than last year.
- Howard reclaims Tour of Britain lead (bigpondnews.com)
Australian Orica-GreenEdge rider Leigh Howard seized back the leader’s gold jersey in the Tour of Britain as Team Sky’s Mark Cavendish slipped back badly in Thursday’s fifth stage, which was won by Marc de Maar.
UnitedHealthcare’s de Maar, of the Netherlands, made a break for the front with six kilometres of the 147km ride around Stoke-on-Trent remaining, making the move only four kilometres after crashing to the floor.
- New cycling festival to boost pedal power following Olympics (surreyheath-residents.co.uk)
As cycling fever grips Surrey a new festival has been organised to encourage more people to embrace the bicycle.
Guildford Cycling Festival will capitalise on the surge in popularity of pedal power since the Olympic medal-winning heroics of Team GB’s Bradley Wiggins, Lizzie Armitstead and Chris Froome on the county’s roads.
- Cavendish enjoys golden day (bigpondnews.com)
Team Sky rider Mark Cavendish was victorious in a sprint finish on the fourth stage of the Tour of Great Britain in Blackpool, as he claimed the overall leader’s gold jersey.
Having already won Tuesday’s third stage from Jedburgh to Dumfries, the defending world road race champion started Wednesday level with Australia’s Leigh Howard of GreenEDGE-Orica atop the standings.