This year’s Tour of Britain saw cyclists start in Liverpool and complete over 1,376 km culminating in two stages in London this month.
Bradley Wiggins, the defending champion moved into the Bristol stage commenting “there are still four stages to go before London. There is that run in to Brighton and Bristol. It could all change but if it stays like this until London we will give ourselves a good chance”
However, Wiggins finished third, after Mark Cavendish lost out by inches to Marcel Kittel in a sprint finish on the final stage, and Dylan van Baarle won the overall race. Michal Kwiatkowski was second overall.
Locals lined the streets to welcome the cyclists on their fourth stage of the race which finished in Bristol. However, not everyone welcomed the race. Traders on a road in nearby Henbury which formed part of the route say they were given only a few days notice before it was completely shut for a week for resurfacing, losing them customers and profits.
For bike-loving Bristol Mayor George Ferguson this was chance to show why Bristol is known as Britain’s cycling capital.
The city is reportedly investing £35 million in cycling over the next few years, with this event hoping to drive interest in the sport exponentially.