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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

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Thrills and spills of the Tour of Britain

They may be the superstars of British cycling and tamed some of the toughest races in Europe but the flat lands of Norfolk proved too much for both Bradley Wiggins and Mark Cavendish on the opening day of the Tour of Britain.

Both crashed within a few hundred yards of each other in a dramatic finale to the longest stage of the race from Ipswich to Norwich. On a blazing hot day, thousands lined the route to cheer the riders on.

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Bradley Wiggins races through Suffolk and Norfolk

The Tour de France winner and Olympic Gold Medallist Bradley Wiggins was among 101 cyclists who raced through Suffolk and Norfolk for the first stage of the Tour of Britain today.

The cyclists set off from Ipswich at 10am, and are due to start arriving at the Norfolk Showground near Norwich within the next five minutes.

ITV Anglia viewer Jane Manthorp sent in this photograph of Bradley Wiggins as he passed through Woodbridge in Suffolk.

Bradley Wiggins races through Woodbridge in Suffolk Credit: Jane Manthorp

Thousands watch as Tour of Britain begins

Thousands of people have lined the streets of Suffolk to watch the Tour of Britain.

The first stage of the race started in Ipswich at ten o'clock. The competitors will head up the Suffolk Coast and through Norfolk, finishing at the Norfolk Showground early this afternoon.

101 cyclists are taking part in the 120 mile route stage, including the Tour de France and Olympic gold medal winner Bradley Wiggins.

The Tour of Britain Credit: ITV Anglia
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