Cycling cavalcade whizzes by

October 07 2016

CYCLING fans got a glimpse of some of the sport's biggest names including Sir Bradley Wiggins and Mark Cavendish when the Tour of Britain passed through South Gloucestershire.

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CYCLING fans got a glimpse of some of the sport's biggest  names  including Sir Bradley Wiggins and Mark Cavendish when the Tour of Britain passed through South Gloucestershire.

Crowds were out in force in villages such as Oldland Common, Bitton and Kelston as some of the world's top riders whizzed by.

They were taking part in Stage Five of the tour on September 8 on their way to the finish line in the historic city of Bath.

Stage Five, which started in Aberdare in Wales, passed through Wickwar and Chipping Sodbury, before heading to Wapley, Westerleigh and Pucklechurch.

Riders then cycled through Abson and Wick, along the A420 to Bridgeyate, along the A4175 Bath Road in North Common, along Oldland Common High Street and Barry Road to the junction with the A431, which they took through Bitton, Swineford and Kelston to
Bath.

Once they reached Bath, cyclists raced to the finish line in Royal Avenue where they were greeted by roaring crowds.

Kiwi Jack Bauer was first across the line with a time of 4:45:25.

The overall winner was Great Britain's Steve Cummings, the second British rider to win the modern incarnation of the Tour of Britain following Sir Bradley Wiggins's victory in the 2013 race.

The Tour of Britain is the UK's biggest professional cycle race and is the country's largest free-to-watch sporting
event.