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Tour of Britain continues in Wales for third stage

Mark Renshaw celebrating his win during Stage 2 of the competition. Credit: PA

The Tour of Britain will begin another Welsh stage of the competition today with cyclists travelling between Newtown and the Tumble Mountain near Abergavenny.

Australia's Mark Renshaw lead the way yesterday as the riders finished the second stage in Llandudno.

The race is live on ITV4 between 1pm and 4pm with highlights at 10pm.

Tour of Britain enters Wales for Llandudno finish

Cycling's Tour of Britain enters Wales today, with the Stage 2 finish line on Llandudno seafront.

Some of the world's top riders, including British stars Bradley Wiggins and Mark Cavendish, are taking part in the race, which started in Liverpool yesterday.

Marcel Kittel (left) sprinted to victory in the first stage of the Tour of Britain. Credit: PA

Today's second stage will travel from Knowsley on Merseyside, via Wrexham, Flintshire and Denbighshire, and Llandudno Great Orme's Marine Drive.

Tuesday is another Welsh stage, between Newtown and the Tumble Mountain near Abergavenny.

The race is live on ITV4 between 1pm and 4pm - with highlights at 8pm


ITV poll reveals growing need for more cycle routes

The poll revealed only 2% of us in Wales class cycling as a main mode of transport Credit: PA

An exclusive poll for ITV Wales reveals more than one in ten of us would cycle to work if there were more cycle routes available.

The poll found only 2% of Welsh adults class cycling as their main mode of transport.

But it also revealed this figure would rise to a more respectable 12%, if designated cycle routes were more widely available - that's 2% higher than the Welsh Government target for the year 2020.

Later this year, a new law will come into force in Wales which has been hailed as the first of its kind in the world.

The aim of the Active Travel Act is simple, to get more of us to leave the cars behind and to take our bikes.

The Act will force local authorities to map and plan for suitable routes for walking and cycling.

You can see more on this story on tonight's Wales This Week at 8pm.

Geraint Thomas rides strongly in Stage 2

Welsh cyclist Geraint Thomas rode strongly at the front of the peloton on day two of the Tour de France in Yorkshire, helping Team Sky leader Chris Froome stay out of trouble.

Geraint Thomas (second position) was often near the front of the race, between York and Sheffield. Credit: PA

Thomas, 25, finished safely in the pack, and is 22nd in the overall classification going into Stage 3, between Cambridge and London.

Watch highlights of Stage 2 on ITV4 at 7pm this evening

Tour de France Day 1: Geraint Thomas finishes 17th

Welsh cyclist Geraint Thomas has finished 17th on the first day of the Tour de France in Yorkshire.

Team Sky leader Chris Froome came in 6th, while Mark Cavendish crashed near to the finish line.

This is the fifth tour for the two-time Olympic gold medallist from Cardiff.

Watch highlights of Stage 1 on ITV4 at 7pm this evening


Sustrans: 'Each young person injured is one too many'

Figures out today showing the number of cycling casualties in Wales, also show 260 pedestrians were killed or seriously injured on our roads last year - 63 of whom were young people.

Equating to two primary school classes, transport charity Sustrans Cymru says this number is a big concern for them.

The majority of casualties on Welsh roads occur in 30mph zones Credit: PA Images

Sustrans Cymru National Director, Jane Lorimer, said:

“Every child hurt – or killed – on Welsh roads is one too many and the number of child pedestrian casualties is of particular concern.

“We need more 20mph speed limits in communities across Wales, which will reduce casualties and ensure any collisions that do happen are less severe.

“Cycling and walking is good for our health, will cut congestion and is good for the environment. It’s key that we make sure Welsh towns and cities are geared up to enable everyone to feel safe cycling or walking for local everyday journeys.”

100 cyclists killed or seriously injured on Welsh roads last year

Male cyclists made up 91% of serious accidents in 2013 Credit: PA Images

Latest figures out today show that 100 cyclists were killed on Welsh roads in 2013.

Men made up the majority of cycling accidents. Between 2004 and 2013, they accounted for 86% of all casualties.

The report published by the Welsh Government, also shows that the number of children (0-15) involved in cycling accidents fell by 19%.

It also reveals 6 out of 10 accidents occur at or within 20 metres of a junction and within 30 mph zones.

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Latest figures due for cycling deaths in Wales

Today's figures will include information on age and gender of the casualty as well as the type and speed limit of the road Credit: PA

The latest annual figures on the number of cycling accidents in Wales will be released later by the Welsh Government.

The number of cyclists who are killed or seriously injured in Wales has fluctuated year on year, and stood at 84 in 2012.

Between 2003 and 2013, the majority of incidents involved male cyclists, accounting for 86% of all casualties.

There was also an increase in casualties in 2011 and 2012 for cyclists aged between 30 and 49.

Today's figures coincide with a survey published by road safety charity Brake, who are calling for action from the UK and Welsh Governments to improve cycling in our towns and cities.

The survey found 32% of people asked would feel nervous cycling on local roads, and many said lack of safe routes was a factor in not cycling more.

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