Prestigious cycle race draws the crowds
Friday, 17th September 2010.
Hundreds of people lined the route through Haverhill of the Tour of Britain cycle race this morning to cheer on the 80 riders on their stage from Bury St Edmunds to Colchester.
The race left Bury at 10.15 and sweeped into Haverhill around 11am, but the crowds were out long before that straining for a glimpse of the cyclists.
Some had found vantage points like Tesco balcony, while the biggest crowds were concentrated along Ehringshausen Way, where the Suffolk County Council digi van and other bases were set up to keep people in touch with the progress of the race.
Groups of schoolchildren were lined up outside Cineworld with their union jacks at the ready to wave as British cycling stars Bradley Wiggins and Geraint Thomas came past.
In the event the riders all came through in one bunch, or peloton as it is called, so it was hard to pick out individuals as they sped past in a matter of seconds.
The race began in Rochdale on Saturday, and finishes in London tomorrow. Michael Albasani of Switzerland currently wears the yellow jersey of the race leader, with a dominating lead of 1min 26 sec.
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