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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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The Tour heads into Devon

Olympic gold medalist and Tour De France winner Sir Bradley Wiggins is on his way to Devon along with some of the best cyclists in the world as they prepare for the latest stage of the Tour of Britain race.

They'll cycle from Sidmouth to Haytor on Dartmoor, with thousands of spectators lining the route. It's also said it'll bring millions of pounds to the Devon economy.

Our correspondent Seth Conway reports from Sidmouth

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Sir Bradley Wiggins to race in Tour of Britain

Sir Bradley Wiggins after winning the Tour de France in 2012. Credit: PA Wire

Sir Bradley Wiggins is to lead Team Sky at this year's Tour of Britain event.

The Olympic champion and winner of last year's Tour De France will be winding through Devon in just 15 days.

Stage six of the race starts in Sidmouth and ends with a gruelling climb up Haytor on Dartmoor. It's estimated it'll bring more than £7 million into the county - as well as showing off Devon to a global television audience.

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Cyclists and community react to Tour announcement

Devon's economy got a big sporting boost today with the news that cycling's Tour of Britain will once again be winding its way through the county in September. It is estimated it will bring more than £7 million into the county - as well as showing off Devon to a global television audience.

Last year's Tour De France and Olympic champion Sir Bradley Wiggins will be there, along with Mark Cavendish. Here is Matthias Kurth's full report.

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