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Tour of Britain to return to Norfolk and Suffolk

The Tour of Britain in Norwich in 2012. Credit: ITV News Anglia

The Tour of Britain cycling race will return to Norfolk and Suffolk this autumn after a three-year absence.

The counties will host the penultimate stage which will take place on 12 September.

The 225km (139 mile) course will start at Fakenham Racecourse before heading to Norwich and eventually ending in Ipswich.

The route will also pass through Aylsham, Wymondham, Attleborough and Thetford among other towns and villages.

“In previous years the Tour of Britain has brought significant economic investment into Norfolk and proved to be a hugely popular event, so the race returning to the county is welcome news.

We are the only east of England stage and as well as giving a boost to Norfolk's profile and businesses, it may also lead to increased cycling among residents, with consequent health benefits."

– Paul Smyth, Norfolk County Council

Stage two of cycling's Women's Tour to run from Braintree to Clacton

Marianne Vos wins stage 5 in Bury St Edmunds last year. Credit: PA

More details have been announced about the route that'll be taken by the Women's Tour cycle race through Suffolk and Essex in June.

Some of the world's top female cyclists will be coming to our region to compete.

Day one, on June 17th, sees them race from Bury St Edmunds to Aldeburgh, while the next day the race starts in Braintree and finishes in Clacton.

Stage Two route (Thursday 18 June 2015)

  • Braintree
  • Sudbury
  • Hadleigh
  • East Bergholt
  • Manningtree
  • Clacton

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Commonwealth Games: Essex cyclist Alex Dowsett strikes gold in Glasgow

England's Alex Dowsett has won gold in the Commonwealth Games. Credit: PA

England's Alex Dowsett has won gold in the Commonwealth Games cycling men's time trial.

The Essex rider was almost 10 seconds quicker than his closest competitor, Australia's Rohan Dennis.

In the woman's time trial, Norfolk cyclist Emma Pooley picked up a silver medal.

Spectators told to "respect the environment" ahead of Tour de France

The Tour de France starts next week. Credit: PA

People are being told to "respect the environment" ahead of the start of the Tour de France.

The riders will pass through Cambridgeshire and Essex on Monday, with thousands of spectators expected to line the streets.

Those watching are being encouraged to enjoy the spectacle but also take steps to protect their surroundings such as taking rubbish home with them.

Tour de France: Video released to highlight potential dangers

The Tour de France starts next week. Credit: PA

A video has been released highlighting potential dangers ahead of next week's Tour de France cycle race setting off from Cambridge.

The race is one of the few sports where spectators can get so close, so people are being advised to watch a safety video featuring the 2013 winner, Chris Froome, before Monday's stage of the race.

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Consultation into new Cambridge bridge begins

And artist's impression of the bridge.

A public consultation has begun on plans for a new £4m bridge in Cambridge.

It is hoped the bridge, which will link Abbey and Chesterton wards, will be used for about 3,000 bike and pedestrian journeys every day, helping to reduce congestion in the city.

It will provide an alternative route to get to the city's science business parks and the new railway station, and will link in with other cycle networks

There are three options as part of the bridge consultation.
Option two.
The third option for the bridge.

Aerial footage shows just how close pensioner was to causing Women's Tour of Britain pile-up

Aerial footage from ITV4's coverage of the inaugural Women's Tour of Britain has shown just how close a pensioner was to causing a huge pile-up in Essex on Friday.

The man on the mobility scooter decided to cross the road just 2km from the end of the third stage in Clacton, and was nearly involved in a collision with the onrushing peloton.

Video: Watch the incredible moment a pensioner on a mobility scooter almost causes huge Women's Tour of Britain crash

A man riding a mobility scooter almost caused a massive crash in the Women's Tour of Britain cycle race in Essex on Friday.

The man crossed the road on Jaywick Lane in Clacton moments before a pack of riders came speeding through.

Olympic champion Marianne Vos went on to secure the title in Bury St Edmunds yesterday.

Trott suffers fall in Women's Tour

Olympic gold medallist Laura Trott has been taken to hospital after falling on day three of the Women's Tour cycle race.

Trott suffered a bad fall on the 56 mile stage from Felixstowe in Suffolk to Clacton-on-Sea in Essex, but completed the course before being taken to hospital for precautionary scans.

Laura Trott in pre-tour preparation Credit: PA

Trott later tweeted that she's determined to rejoin her sister Emma in the race, with tomorrow's stage taking place in their home county of Hertfordshire.

It will start in their hometown of Cheshunt and finish in Welwyn Garden City, where the pair began racing.

She tweeted: "Hit the deck today.. Pretty dam hard! Elbow xrayed and all ok! So onto the next stage..

Trott's team boss Rochelle Gilmore told BBC Sport: "It was a nasty crash. She was actually shaking, she looked a little bit pale and it was a bit scary.

"Laura rode to the finish with a group just behind the main peloton, but when she came in I have never seen anyone in so much pain.

"It's really hard to see the tears of pain after the stage and it's amazing that she wants to start on Saturday"

Marianne Vos (green jersey) races to the finish line to win Stage Three of the 2014 Women's Tour. Credit: PA
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