Tour of Britain's Bristol stage proves popular

Sir Bradley Wiggins Credit: PA

Crowds lined the streets in Bristol today to catch a glimpse of some of the world's top cyclists in the Tour of Britain. Organisers say the event is a real boost to the economy as well as encouraging more people to hop on their bikes.

Sir Bradley Wiggins may be winding down, but judging by the noise from the Bristol crowd, he remains as popular as ever.

The time trials were run in the morning on the bristol circuit which started and finished on the downs.

The grey drizzle didn't seem to put of the spectators who turned up in their thousands.

Bristol's Deputy Mayor - Councillor Estella Tincknall - says that the event is a real boost for cycling

The cyclists took part in time trials during the morning and then stage 7 of the race this afternoon, with Steve Cummings having the yellow jersey and the hilly bristol landscape pushing the cyclists to convert muscle power into mechanical motion.

But it was Rohan Dennis from Australia who ultimately won the stage. And he isn't the only winner - the city council estimates today's event brought £3 million into the region's economy