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Racing for the Gold Top: Tour of Britain preview

Wiggins waves to the crowds during the Olympic Opening Ceremony Photo: Credit: John Giles/PA

British cycling has enjoyed a golden summer, thanks to the exploits of Bradley Wiggins and TeamGB.

Since Bradley Wiggins followed up his success in the Tour de France with gold at the London Olympics thousands more have taken to two wheels.

And next week ParalympicsGB will hope to add to the gold tally with the likes of Wisbech's Jody Cundy racing in the Velodrome, which is bound to give the sport another boost.

But the Paralympics won't be the end of the interest in cycling in the region.

Suffolk and Norfolk are hosting the prestigious opening stage of the Tour of Britain next month. Thousands of fans are expected to head to the region to see the stars in action.

Jonathan Wills joined a special ride through a section of the opening stage to find out more about Britain's premier cycling road race.

A quick Bluffer's Guide

  • Each team is made up of six cyclists
  • The team is made up of a leader, sprinter, mountain climber and domestiques
  • Domestiques help the team leader and is vital to any team wanting to wear the gold jersey

There are four main prizes up for grabs

  • Gold Jersey - Awarded to the overall winner
  • King of the Mountains - Awarded to the points leader over the hill climbs
  • Sprints - Awarded to the points leader over sprint sections
  • Points - Awarded to the race with the highest position throughout the stage race

To find out more about the race:

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