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Coup for women's Tour of Britain as Olympic champion Marianne Vos enters the race

Marianne Vos will be targeting victory.
Marianne Vos will be targeting victory. Credit: PA

The reigning World and Olympic champion has announced she'll take part in Britain's first major cycling race for woman, which starts in Northamptonshire.

The Women's Tour takes place in May over five stages, with the first from Oundle to Northampton.

The race will also go through parts of Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire before finishing in Bury St Edmunds.

The Dutch champion Marianne Vos is the first high-profile rider to announce she's competing.

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Norwich cyclist Emma Pooley misses out on funding

Former Norwich schoolgirl Emma Pooley won't receive funding from British Cycling next year.
Former Norwich schoolgirl Emma Pooley won't receive funding from British Cycling next year. Credit: PA

Former Norwich schoolgirl Emma Pooley won't receive funding from British Cycling next year.

Pooley won silver in the Beijing Olympics road time trial in 2008 and competed at the London games.

Pooley was left off the endurance list after spending 2013 concentrating on completing her PhD.

However, there was better news for female cycling in another part of the region today with Bury St Edmunds confirmed as the final stop for next year's inaugural Women's Tour.

Read more: Bury St Edmunds to host finish of Women's Tour

Cycling: Bury St Edmunds to host finish of Women's Tour

It's been announced that the race will finish in Suffolk's Bury St Edmunds on May 11.
It's been announced that the race will finish in Suffolk's Bury St Edmunds on May 11. Credit: PA

Cycling fans in the region are already looking forward to the Tour de France which races through Cambridgeshire next year.

However, there's another treat in store as the first Women's Tour elite race takes place next May.

The event, the first international stage race for women, begins in Oundle in Northamptonshire, with the fourth stage starting in double Olympic gold-winner Laura Trott's home town of Cheshunt in Hertfordshire.

And today it's been announced that the race will finish in Suffolk's Bury St Edmunds on May 11.

Tour star urges drivers to keep a lookout for cyclists

A professional cyclist from Essex is calling on drivers and those who ride bikes to be more careful on our roads.

Alex Dowsett has competed in some of the world's top cycling races and also with Great Britain.

He's had his own bad experiences on the roads and his own mum suffered serious injuries when she was knocked off her bike. Luke Farrington's report does contain some flash photography.

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Cycle safety first for Cambridge

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Green light for cyclists Credit: Chris Radburn/PA

Cambridge is leading the way in cycle safety, with a new traffic light system set to be trialled this Autumn.

The city is the first place in the country to get advanced traffic lights for cyclists, allowing them to move off a few seconds before cars get the green light.

Cycle lane
Cycle safety Credit: Chris Radburn/PA

It is designed to reduce conflict between motorists and riders, and will be installed at a junction on Hills Road, which has seen 16 accidents over the past five years.

Approved by the Department for Transport, if it is successful, similar schemes could be introduced elsewhere in Cambridge and the rest of the country.

Green light for UK's largest cycle park

Permission has been granted for Britain's biggest cycle park to be built in Cambridge.

It will have space for 3,000 bikes next to the city's railway station.

Development company Brookgate has planning consent for the cycle park and a 230-room hotel above it in Station Square. There will also be shops and restaurants.

The cycle parking centre will be operated by the train company Greater Anglia and will include a cycle shop with repair facilities and a bike hire facility.

Click below to watch an artist's impression flythrough of the new complex from Brookgate

Cambridge police crack down on 'anti-social' cycling

Police were out in Cambridge last night as part of a crackdown on what they are calling anti-social cycling
Police were out in Cambridge last night as part of a crackdown on what they are calling anti-social cycling Credit: ITV Anglia

Police officers were out on the streets of Cambridge last night to tackle what they are calling anti-social cycling . They will patrol again today as part of Operation Pedalo, which is aimed at reducing cycle crime, and targeting lighting and pavement offences.

It is hoped the operation will help reduce road deaths and casualties among cyclists, and reduce cycle crime and anti-social cycling in the city. Officers will be targeting particular streets, and will be enforcing the LIT (Lights Instead of Tickets) scheme.

Operation Pedalo is aimed at reducing cycle crime
Operation Pedalo is aimed at reducing cycle crime Credit: ITV Anglia

It gives those caught riding without lights seven days to buy new lights to avoid paying the fine. Special Superintendent John Haslop said: "This is another chance to educate cyclists and enforce the law."

"There is a lot of dangerous cycling within Cambridge and we have heard frustration from local residents at neighbourhood meetings where anti-social cycling has been named as a priority."

"We want to tackle this problem and reduce the number of collisions and more than 30 Specials will be working on this operation."

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