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Thousands watch Tour of Britain begin in north Wales

Thousands of spectators turned out across north Wales this afternoon, as the Tour of Britain held its Grand Depart with a stage from Beaumaris on Anglesey to Wrexham.

The riders passed through scenic Llanrwst in Conwy. Credit: PA

It was the first time the modern Tour has begun in Wales. The route now moves into England, with seven further days of racing.

Tour de France and Olympic champion Bradley Wiggins is among those taking part.

Team Sky's Elia Viviani (right) beat British rider Mark Cavendish (centre) in the sprint finish. Credit: PA


Ynys Mon rider seriously injured in Island Games crash

An Ynys Mon cyclist taking part in the Island Games in Jersey has been taken to hospital following a serious crash.

The accident happened between two women cyclists as they sprinted to the finish line. The Ynys Mon rider and another from Bermuda were competing in the Town Criterium race when they crashed.

The roads of St Helier were closed for a short time by police but re-opened just before 3pm.

Both women were taken to hospital. A meeting is expected to take place shortly to decide whether the men's Town Criterium race - due to take place tonight - will still go ahead.

Luke Rowe 'over the moon' at Tour selection

Welsh cyclist Luke Rowe says he is 'over the moon' at being named in Team Sky's Tour de France line-up.

He competes alongside fellow Welshman Geraint Thomas.

Luke will line up alongside Chris Froome, Richie Porte, Leopold Konig, Pete Kennaugh, Geraint Thomas, Ian Stannard, Wout Poels & Nicolas Roche in the Tour, which gets underway in July.

Welsh cyclists named in Tour de France squad

Geraint Thomas has been named in the squad alongside fellow Welsh cyclist Luke Rowe Credit: PA

Welsh cyclists Geraint Thomas and Luke Rowe have been named in Team Sky's Tour de France squad.

They have been named in a team of 9 cyclists, including former Tour de France winner, Chris Froome.

The race which is one of the most prestigious cycling events, will take place in July.

The full team is as follows: Chris Froome, Geraint Thomas, Ian Stannard, Wout Poels, Nico Roche, Leopold Konig, Pete Kennaugh, Luke Rowe, Richie Porte.


Welsh cyclist prepares for Tour of Britain

It's less than a week until the world's best female cyclists race at the Women's Tour of Britain.

And in the build up we've been behind-the-scenes with Wales' Elinor Barker and her team as they prepare for the race. Sarah Cooper was given special access and has been finding out just how hard it's been.

Leading Welsh cyclist prepares for Women's Tour

Many of the world's leading female cyclists are preparing for the start of the Women's Tour in Suffolk on Wednesday.

Among them is Elinor Barker, 20 and from Cardiff - and already a World and European champion, in team pursuit on the track.

She is riding with British team Matrix Fitness.

Watch Sarah Cooper's behind-the-scenes report with Elinor and the team:

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