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Tour could bring in more than £3 million to region

The Tour of Britain is over, but councils are only just beginning to calculate the economic benefits the event has brought to the region.

It's thought the Tour's impact will exceed the £3 million boost that East Anglia enjoyed last time the event was held here in 2012.

Thousands turned out to watch the cyclists on their route through Norfolk and Suffolk yesterday.

The final stage of the tour ended in London this afternoon, with Edvald Boasson Hagen crowned victor of the race.

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Tour of Britain: Ipswich treated to dramatic finish

Thousands of people have lined the streets across Norfolk and Suffolk throughout the day to watch some of the world's best cyclists for the penultimate stage of the Tour of Britain.

It's the first time the two counties have hosted the event since 2012.

German rider André Greipel won the stage in dramatic fashion, just pipping Team Sky's Elia Viviani in the tightest of finishes in Ipswich.

Click below to watch a report from ITV News Anglia's Victoria Lampard

Council leader: 'Tour of Britain could inspire a new generation of cyclists'

The leader of Norfolk Norfolk District Council hopes that today's Tour of Britain will inspire a new generation of cyclists to take up the sport.

The penultimate stage of the race is in the region today.

The riders set off from Fakenham in Norfolk at 10am and are due at the finish line in Ipswich later this afternoon.

Cllr Tom FitzPatrick says that the race could help raise the profile of cycling in the East.

Click below to hear from Cllr Tom FitzPatrick

"People who are really into cycling will see top class competitors, but for other people it gives that bit of encouragement to dust down the bicycle and get out there and ride."

– Cllr Tom FitzPatrick, Leader, North Norfolk District Council

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Pictures: Big crowds gather to see off Tour of Britain riders in Fakenham

The latest leg of the Tour of Britain has just set off from Fakenham Racecourse in Norfolk.

The race will end in Ipswich this afternoon, passing through Norwich, Thetford, Bury St Edmunds and Stowmarket along the way.

The riders prepare to set off from Fakenham. Credit: ITV News Anglia
Sir Bradley Wiggins takes time to sign autographs before the race. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Television coverage of the race is on ITV 4 between 1pm and 4pm on Saturday with highlights at 8pm. There will also be a report on ITV News Anglia at 4.15pm

Tour of Britain hits Norfolk and Suffolk on Saturday

Matteo Trentin wins Stage Six of the Tour of Britain from Stoke-on-Trent to Nottingham. Credit: Simon Cooper/PA Wire

The Tour of Britain hits the road in Norfolk and Suffolk with the longest and penultimate leg of the cycle race.

The riders will start in Fakenham and end in Ipswich while passing through the centre of Norwich, Thetford, Bury St Edmunds and Stowmarket.

The route is 141 miles or 227 km long.

On Friday, Mark Cavendish abandoned the Tour of Britain following a crash as Etixx-QuickStep team-mate Matteo Trentin won stage six.

The route traversed the Peak District National Park, from Stoke to Nottingham and Trentin beat Edvald Boasson Hagen (MTN-Qhubeka) as the duo battled for the stage win.

Television coverage of the race is on ITV 4 between 1pm and 4pm on Saturday with highlights at 8pm. There will also be a report on ITV News Anglia at 4.15pm

Norfolk and Suffolk prepares for Tour of Britain

Route of Stage 7 of the Tour of Britain cycle race on Saturday 12 September 2015. Credit: ITV News Anglia

One of the biggest spectator sports in the country takes to the roads of Norfolk and Suffolk on Saturday.

The seventh stage of the Tour of Britain starts at Fakenham in the morning, winding its way to Norwich, before heading into Suffolk, taking in Bury St Edmunds and Stowmarket before the finish in Ipswich town centre in the afternoon.

It's expected to bring thousands of people out onto the streets to watch some of the world's best cyclists.

Click below to watch a report by ITV News Anglia's Kate Prout

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