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Devonian set to fly out for Special Olympics

Competitors are preparing to fly out to Los Angeles to take part in the Special Olympics World Games which starts in eight days time.

America's First Lady Michelle Obama will be at the opening ceremony along with 80,000 other people.

Cyclist Daniel Weston from Barnstaple will be there as part of the Great Britain team, and is one of the favourites for a medal.

His coach Will Newton, has high hopes for the 22-year-old.

Before Daniel got on a bike at the age of six his severe autism led to behavioural problems that would prevent him from living any form of independent life when older.

He now works part-time at the Barnstaple Hotel and his parents believe it's cycling and swimming with other people that has transformed his life. He's even met the Prime Minister and carried the Olympic torch in Ilfracombe two years ago alongside fellow North Devonian Jonathan Edwards.

Last month Daniel won three silver medals at the Special Olympics GB National Championships.


Full report: Tour of Britain comes to Devon

The Tour of Britain rode into Devon today watched by thousands.

Olympic gold medalist Sir Bradley Wiggins and some of the world's other best cyclists began the race in Sidmouth and made their way around the county, taking in places like Tiverton and Exeter, before finishing at Haytor on Dartmoor.

Huge crowds lined the route, adding to the festival atmosphere. Organisers say it was a complete success and has brought millions of pounds to the local economy. Seth Conway reports on the day Devon hosted a great sporting spectacle.

And they're off!

Our reporter Seth Conway was able to film the start of the sixth stage of the Tour of Britain in Sidmouth on his mobile.

Thousands of people came out early to get a good view of the race, which began at 11am.

The route will go through Honiton, north of Cullompton, Bickleigh, Exeter, Exminster, Starcross, Chudleigh, Moretonhampstead, Bovey Tracey, finishing at Haytor at around 2.30pm.


PICTURES: Wiggins fever in Sidmouth ahead of the Tour

Sir Bradley Wiggins takes time out from his preparations for the Devon stage of the Tour of Britain to sign autographs Credit: ITV News West Country

ITV News managed to catch a few words with Olympic gold medallist Sir Bradley Wiggins before the start of today's stage of the Tour of Britain in Sidmouth.

He told us that he hopes he can go a long way to sealing victory today but he doesn't know quite what to expect on the mountain climbs today.

He has a 30 second lead going into stage 6.

Hundreds of Sir Bradley Wiggins fans wait outside the Team Sky bus ahead of the race Credit: ITV News West Country
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