Wiggo-spotting and flag-waving as stars of Tour come to Tiverton
CHEERING rang out around Tiverton last Friday as thousands of people lined the route of stage six of the Tour of Britain to view the action.
The annual cycle race was returning to Tiverton for the first time in four years and townspeople were out in force to witness the high-speed action.
After setting off from Sidmouth last Friday, the riders arrived in Tiverton a little ahead of schedule following a frantic first hour of racing.
A five-man group had escaped from the main bunch and after contesting a group sprint outside Blundell's School headed into Tiverton Town Centre where large crowds had gathered.
2012 Tour de France champion and Olympic gold medalist Sir Bradley Wiggins was easy to spot amid the whizzing peloton as he sported the race leader's gold jersey, which he successfully defended through to the race's conclusion in London on Sunday, where Mark Cavendish, another fan favourite also took stage honours.
Readers helped the Gazette capture the excitement by sending in their own smartphone footage from the day, visit middevongazette.co.uk to see a video compiled from the various submissions.
Among them were several school groups including 75 pupils from Two Moors Primary School who walked to Gold Street after an overnight camp.