Thousands welcome Tour of Britain to Nottinghamshire’s streets

Thousands of people lined the streets of Mansfield for the start of stage four of the Tour of Britain.

Thousands of people turned out to welcome cycling’s Tour of Britain as it wheeled its way through Nottinghamshire.

Crowds lined the streets of Mansfield town centre as the riders set off on stage three of the event at 11am on Wednesday.

The race route goes through Hucknall, Southwell and Worksop before finishing in Newark with cyclists completing a distance of 165km or 102 miles.

Riders will also pass the memorial to Tommy Simpson in Harworth at around 1.30pm.

Simpson, one of Britain’s most successful cyclists, was world champion in 1965 and was also the first Brit to wear the leader’s yellow jersey in the Tour de France. He died after collapsing during the 1967 Tour.

Before the race set off star riders including Mark Cavendish stopped to sign autographs

Australian Caleb Ewan won stages one and three and finished fourth in the second stage – he is currently six seconds ahead of his nearest competitor going into the Nottinghamshire stage.

The highest placed Brit is Christopher Lawless, who is currently in 15th position, 20 seconds behind the leader.