Sir Bradley Wiggins said the "crowds were fantastic" as he cycled through Devon in Stage 5 of the Tour of Britain.
We caught up with the cyclist after the race which saw him fall to sixth place overall:
And the countdown of the Devon stage of the Tour of Britain has begun! Past and present cyclists will be previewing the race in Exmouth today before it officially begins in September. Last year over 250,000 watched the race from the roadside in Devon. It will be the eighth consecutive year the tour has visited the region.
Details of the Tour of Britain have been announced by the race organisers. Stage 5 of Britain's biggest cycle race will be held in Devon.Read the full story ›
The Tour of Britain will return to Devon in September 2014. The fifth stage of the race will begin in Exmouth and end in Exeter.Read the full story ›
It's been announced that the Tour of Britain will return to Devon in September 2014. The fifth stage of the event will start in Exmouth and finish in Exeter. Last year's event was worth almost six million pounds to the local economy and attracted thousands of spectators.
Organisers say they plan to have the Tour of Britain return to Devon next year. Hugh Roberts, race organiser says they will miss 2015 due to the Rugby world cup but Stuart Hughes from Devon County Council says they are very keen to see the cycle race back in the area soon.
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.
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.
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.