Ottery welcomes Tour of Britain

PUBLISHED: 17:37 03 September 2018 | UPDATED: 08:53 04 September 2018

Tour of Britain passes through Ottery St Mary. Picture: Alex Walton

Tour of Britain passes through Ottery St Mary. Picture: Alex Walton

Alex Walton

Cycling’s biggest stars whizzed through Ottery this morning as the Tour of Britain once again returned to Devon for another stage of intense competition.

Tour of Britain passes through Ottery St Mary. Picture: Alex WaltonTour of Britain passes through Ottery St Mary. Picture: Alex Walton

André Greipel had stormed to victory in the opening stage of the competition yesterday which saw the riders race across South Wales from Pembrey Country Park in Carmarthenshire to Newport.

Devon was next the stop on the map with the competitors setting off from Cranbrook and cycling 108 miles to the finish line in Barnstaple.

Organisers in the town had made sure they pulled out the stops to fill the morning with activities for residents and visitors of all ages in the build up to the race.

The cyclists were welcomed with cheers, claps and a warm greeting from the town’s pixies as they sped through the town towards Chineway Hall, which was the stage’s first King of the Mountain hill.

Tour of Britain passes through Ottery St Mary. Picture: Alex WaltonTour of Britain passes through Ottery St Mary. Picture: Alex Walton

Early risers were also able to enjoy a cycling ‘big breakfast’ at eateries in the town and youngsters can take part in a ‘build a bike’ treasure hunt by searching for bike parts in the windows of Ottery shops to win a prize.

There was also a cycling jersey competition, a shop window competition, and activities in the library.

Were you at the start line in Cranbrook? Look at our gallery here to see.

Want to see how the day finished then take a look at our blog which has been running through the day.

Tour of Britain passes through Ottery St Mary. Picture: Alex WaltonTour of Britain passes through Ottery St Mary. Picture: Alex Walton

See more in this week’s Herald.

Tour of Britain passes through Ottery St Mary. Picture: Alex WaltonTour of Britain passes through Ottery St Mary. Picture: Alex Walton

Tour of Britain passes through Ottery St Mary. Picture: Alex WaltonTour of Britain passes through Ottery St Mary. Picture: Alex Walton

Tour of Britain passes through Ottery St Mary. Picture: Alex WaltonTour of Britain passes through Ottery St Mary. Picture: Alex Walton

Tour of Britain passes through Ottery St Mary. Picture: Alex WaltonTour of Britain passes through Ottery St Mary. Picture: Alex Walton

Tour of Britain passes through Ottery St Mary. Picture: Alex WaltonTour of Britain passes through Ottery St Mary. Picture: Alex Walton

Tour of Britain passes through Ottery St Mary. Picture: Alex WaltonTour of Britain passes through Ottery St Mary. Picture: Alex Walton

Tour of Britain passes through Ottery St Mary. Former baker, John Harris, with his father's bike who was also a baker. Picture: Alex WaltonTour of Britain passes through Ottery St Mary. Former baker, John Harris, with his father's bike who was also a baker. Picture: Alex Walton

Tour of Britain passes through Ottery St Mary. Picture: Alex WaltonTour of Britain passes through Ottery St Mary. Picture: Alex Walton

Tour of Britain passes through Ottery St Mary. Juliet Hammacott and Linda Skinner from Ivybridge keep themselves busy with their knitting while waiting for the riders. Picture: Alex WaltonTour of Britain passes through Ottery St Mary. Juliet Hammacott and Linda Skinner from Ivybridge keep themselves busy with their knitting while waiting for the riders. Picture: Alex Walton

Tour of Britain passes through Ottery St Mary. Vanda Reynolds, Martha Thomas and Chris Root of Wonky Buzzard greeted the riders with their music as they raced through town. Picture: Alex WaltonTour of Britain passes through Ottery St Mary. Vanda Reynolds, Martha Thomas and Chris Root of Wonky Buzzard greeted the riders with their music as they raced through town. Picture: Alex Walton

Tour of Britain passes through Ottery St Mary. Picture: Alex WaltonTour of Britain passes through Ottery St Mary. Picture: Alex Walton

Tour of Britain passes through Ottery St Mary. Paul Batters of Say Yes to Life Karate with his jersey. Picture: Alex WaltonTour of Britain passes through Ottery St Mary. Paul Batters of Say Yes to Life Karate with his jersey. Picture: Alex Walton

Tour of Britain passes through Ottery St Mary. Picture: Alex WaltonTour of Britain passes through Ottery St Mary. Picture: Alex Walton

Tour of Britain passes through Ottery St Mary. Picture: Alex WaltonTour of Britain passes through Ottery St Mary. Picture: Alex Walton

Tour of Britain passes through Ottery St Mary. Picture: Alex WaltonTour of Britain passes through Ottery St Mary. Picture: Alex Walton

Tour of Britain passes through Ottery St Mary. Picture: Alex WaltonTour of Britain passes through Ottery St Mary. Picture: Alex Walton

Tour of Britain passes through Ottery St Mary. Picture: Alex WaltonTour of Britain passes through Ottery St Mary. Picture: Alex Walton

Tour of Britain passes through Ottery St Mary. Picture: Alex WaltonTour of Britain passes through Ottery St Mary. Picture: Alex Walton

Tour of Britain passes through Ottery St Mary. Picture: Alex WaltonTour of Britain passes through Ottery St Mary. Picture: Alex Walton

Tour of Britain passes through Ottery St Mary. Picture: Alex WaltonTour of Britain passes through Ottery St Mary. Picture: Alex Walton

Tour of Britain passes through Ottery St Mary. Picture: Alex WaltonTour of Britain passes through Ottery St Mary. Picture: Alex Walton

Tour of Britain passes through Ottery St Mary. Picture: Alex WaltonTour of Britain passes through Ottery St Mary. Picture: Alex Walton

Tour of Britain passes through Ottery St Mary. Picture: Alex WaltonTour of Britain passes through Ottery St Mary. Picture: Alex Walton

Tour of Britain passes through Ottery St Mary. Picture: Alex WaltonTour of Britain passes through Ottery St Mary. Picture: Alex Walton

Tour of Britain passes through Ottery St Mary. Picture: Alex WaltonTour of Britain passes through Ottery St Mary. Picture: Alex Walton

Tour of Britain passes through Ottery St Mary. Picture: Alex WaltonTour of Britain passes through Ottery St Mary. Picture: Alex Walton

Tour of Britain passes through Ottery St Mary. Picture: Alex WaltonTour of Britain passes through Ottery St Mary. Picture: Alex Walton

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