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Essex cyclist Dowsett forced to withdraw from the Tour De France

Movistar's Alex Dowsett has been forced to pull out of the Tour De France. Credit: PA

Essex cyclist Alex Dowsett has pulled out of the Tour De France after failing to recover from an elbow injury he picked up in one of the earlier stages.

The Movistar rider was involved in a crash on stage four last week.

26-year-old Dowsett was making his Tour debut this year.

Before today's stage, he was second from last in the standings.

Essex County Council launch bid to bring Giro d'italia to the county

Fabio Aru celebrates winning a stage in this year's Giro d'Italia. Credit: PA

Another major cycle race could be coming to our region if Essex County Council get their way.

Following on from hosting last year's Tour de France in the county, the council is now keen to bring a stage of the Giro d'Italia to Essex.

The Giro is one of the three Grand Tours with the Spanish Vuelta being the other.

“This is part of an on-going wider debate and builds upon the success of the recent Women’s Tour, Tour de France and the recently launched Hadleigh Park, ensuring Essex continues to build on this momentum."

– Essex County Council statement

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Dowsett congratulates Wiggins after seeing his world record broken

Sir Bradley Wiggins celebrates beating the record with his family. Credit: PA

Just a month after it began, Alex Dowsett's reign as a world record holder is over.

The Essex cyclist lost his one-hour record to Sir Bradley Wiggins last night (June 7).

1.589km
The difference between Dowsett's effort in May, and Wiggins' last night.

Wiggins completed a distance of 54.526km in the time allowed - beating Dowsett's effort of 52.937km which was set in Manchester back in May.

Alex Dowsett had held the record since May. Credit: PA

The Maldon rider took to Twitter after Wiggins' triumph to congratulate his fellow Briton.

Thousands turn out for first Tour of Cambridgeshire cycling event

More than 6,000 cyclists from all over the world have been in Cambridgeshire today for the county's first big cycling competition.

The Tour of Cambridgeshire started yesterday but the main event was today's 'gran fondo' - a mass participation race where elite amateur cyclists lined up alongside leisure riders to race along closed roads.

Click below to watch a report from ITV News Anglia's Matthew Hudson

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Dowsett faces anxious wait as Wiggins aims to take world record away from him

Alex Dowsett celebrates breaking the world record. Credit: PA

Essex cyclist Alex Dowsett will find out tonight whether he's still a world record holder.

The 26-year-old's one-hour record is under threat this evening at London's Olympic Velodrome from former Tour De France winner Bradley Wiggins.

Bradley Wiggins is aiming to take the record away from Dowsett. Credit: PA
52.937
How many kilometres Dowsett covered in his successful world record bid.

Dowsett booked his place in the record books last month in Manchester when he covered just over 52 kilometres in 60 minutes.

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

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.

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