Cyclists met by waving crowds on country Tour

Tour of Britain Stage 6'Stoke on Trent to Nottingham'The race passes through the town of Bakewell in Derbyshire
Tour of Britain Stage 6'Stoke on Trent to Nottingham'The race passes through the town of Bakewell in Derbyshire
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Crowds of flag-waving youngsters greeted elite riders as they raced through the Peak District in the Tour of Britain yesterday.

Spectators from around the world were expected to descend on the region to see an array of international cycling stars take on some of the county’s toughest climbs and roads.

The 1,443.4km, eight-day race started on Sunday, September 6, in Beaumaris, Wales, and hit the Peak District and Derbyshire during the 192.8km stage six from Stoke-on-Trent to Nottingham.

In Bakewell, excited school pupils waved red, white and blue British flags to welcome the riders, while spectators lined the streets to catch a glimpse as they whizzed past.

“I like the atmosphere an event like this brings to the town,” said Lyn Gould, who watched the race in Buxton.

Riders also weaved their way through Hope Valley, Grindleford, Stoney Middleton, Wardlow, Chatsworth, Beeley Moor, Matlock, Cromford, Carsington Reservoir, Belper and Ilkeston.