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Devon welcomes Tour of Britain

The great summer of sport has a grand finale for the West Country today (Saturday) as Devon plays host to the penultimate stage of the 2012 Tour of Britain. This year of British success that began with Bradley Wiggins winning the Tour de France might well end with the first home winner of the cycle race in its history. If that wasn’t prize enough then the race leader, Jonathan Tiernan-Locke, is from Plymouth.**

The Tour of Britain snakes its way through Devon on its penultimate day Credit: ITV Westcountry

The Endura team rider finished second on Friday’s stage in Wales but has a thirteen second lead of the race overall and will look to cement first place on roads he knows extremely well.**

Loads of people have text me saying where they're going to be out on the road so I'm counting on a lot of support and to have this jersey on (leader’s gold jersey) is quite surreal it hasn't gone through my mind yet, it's amazing.**

– Jonathan Tiernan-Locke, Race leader

Amid the euphoria there is some disappointment. The welcome signs for Bradley Wiggins are out in Barnstaple but the best cyclist on the planet won't be racing. A stomach bug has ended his Tour of Britain early.**

There is disappointment that Bradley Wiggins will not be racing Credit: ITV Westcountry

Everybody was looking forward to seeing Bradley cycling here in Devon but it's just one of those unfortunate things but we do have all those local riders there's a big race in prospect, it's going to be a fantastic day, I can't wait.**

– Cllr Stuart Hughes, Devon County Council

More than fifteen thousand people are expected in Barnstaple this morning to see the riders off on the rolling start out of the town at 10.15am. The teams will travel the one hundred and seventy three kilometres to the finish in Dartmouth via Bideford, Hatherleigh, Okehampton, and Tavistock before heading across Dartmoor to Ashburton and into the South Hams for the finish at around 2pm. After a wet summer businesses are hoping the crowds will bring a late economic bonus as organisers forecast that the event is worth three million pounds to the county.**

Mark Cavendish will still be here so that's still exciting for people he's part of the Tour de France winning team. Cycling because of the Olympics has had a huge boom so there's quite a lot of people around the area, lots of cycling routes so I think there'll still be lots of people about.**

– Mike Cairns, Barnstaple barman

If Jonathan Tiernan-Locke can stay ahead of his rivals today then he’ll more than likely be crowned Tour of Britain champion at the final stage in Guildford on Sunday.**

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