Nottinghamshire welcomes world’s top cyclists for Tour of Britain

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Tour of Britain comes through Notts on Wednesday (September 5)

The Tour of Britain careers through Notts on Wednesday (September 6) as some of the world’s top cyclists weave their way from Mansfield to Newark.

The stage travels through Hucknall, Southwell and Worksop before finishing in Newark with cyclists completing a distance of 165km.

It starts at 11am in the morning.

After heading through Sherwood Forest and Clumber Park, the stage will loop the north of the county and the towns of Worksop and Retford.

It will also pass through Harworth and Bircotes, where riders will cycle by the museum and memorial to 1965 world champion Tommy Simpson.

Map: The stage route from Mansfield to Newark-on-Trent

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.

Also in the lineup are Britons Mark Cavendish, who has won the second most amount of stages in the Tour de France of all time, Team Sky’s Geriant Thomas and Alex Dowsett.

Video: Edingley gets in the spirit ahead of the Tour of Britain coming to Nottingham

Residents from Edingley have been getting into the spirit of the tour passing through the village.

Edingley Parish councillor Dominic Byrne said: “We’ve had an outburst of community spirit and with the Tour of Britain coming through, we’ve gathered together a record number of yellow bikes.

“We’re going to issue a challenge to other Nottinghamshire villages to beat us because we really are putting a race face on so that people who come here to watch the race really enjoy the spirit.

“We’ve also got a giant farmer’s crop 50 metres high on a local hillside and we’ve also had a team of knitters yarn-bombing.”

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A group of volunteers helped children to paint a banner to welcome the cyclists in Edingley

A group of volunteers helped children to paint a banner to welcome the cyclists as they rave through the village.

Cathy, a volunteer at Messy Church, said: “We’ve marked out and drawn out all the letters for the children to paint.

“We’ve supervised the children to make an amazing banner to welcome the cyclists.”

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