The Tour of Britain cycling race

Thousands of people lined the streets of Nottingham today as the second stage of the Tour of Britain started at the castle.

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Children practiced their cheers on the police advance riders Credit: Ian Cooper
The leading group are welcomed into the village. Credit: Ian Cooper
The main group, with Bradley Wiggins and Mark Cavendish towards the front, are cheered on. Credit: Ian Cooper
Bradley Wiggins (left side of photo - black Sky top), Mark Cavendish (right side of photo - white Sky top). Credit: Ian Cooper

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Bradley Wiggins: getting on with the day job

Olympic champion Bradley Wiggins says he is getting on with his day job, when asked if he was disappointed to be missing the parade in London today.

The gold medallist said "we've got our own parade to do this week so, you know, this is our day job."

The Tour de France champion fell off of his bike on Sunday, along with teammate Mark Cavendish on the final leg of the 120-kilometre course at the Royal Norfolk Showground.

Wiggins said he was "fine" following the crash and the team would be looking to keep hold of the yellow jersey claimed by fellow Team Sky racer Luke Rowe.

Today he joined the second leg of the Tour of Britain.

Bradley Wiggins from Tour de France to Tour of Britain

Bradley Wiggins is taking part in the Nottingham leg of the Tour Credit: Neil Page Creative

The first British cyclist to win Tour de France has begun the Nottingham leg of Tour of Britain.

The Stage 2 of the Tour started in Nottingham at 10.00am this morning and will end today in Knowsley.

Crowds have been cheering on the cyclists as they embark on the 177.8km Tour Credit: Neil Page Creative

Tour of Britain gets underway

Tour De France winner Bradley Wiggins is turning his attention to the Tour of Britain today.

The Olympic gold medalist is marking his return to competitive action with an appearance at the Nottingham leg of the Tour of Britain.

15 yr old Callum McPrearty from West Bridgford who had the honour of leading off the peloton at the start of the race with his dad Paul Credit: ITV Central
The 180.7 km race commences at Nottingham Castle, and will travel through Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire and Cheshire Credit: ITV Central

Teammate Mark Cavendish is also be at Nottingham Castle, as the route heads through the city centre via Castle Road.

The race tour commenced at 10.00am this morning.

Boxer Carl Froch at the Tour of Britain starting line Credit: ITV Central
Crowds are gathering in anticipation to cheer on the cyclists Credit: ITV Central
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