Town ready to welcome Tour of Britain cyclists

PUBLISHED: 08:00 11 September 2014

Australian Mark Renshaw takes the stage 5 Tour of Britain win in Exmouth in 2011. Photo by Simon Horn. Ref exe 9829-37-11SH

Australian Mark Renshaw takes the stage 5 Tour of Britain win in Exmouth in 2011. Photo by Simon Horn. Ref exe 9829-37-11SH

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Thousands of spectators are expected to pack the streets of Exmouth and East Devon today (Thursday) to see the fifth stage of this year's Tour of Britain cycle race.

Excitement has been building in the town throughout the week, with events including a schools cycling relay on Tuesday and Wednesday, and a children’s cycling event on Wednesday evening.

At the time of going to press, Italian Eduardo Zardini was leading the Tour after three stages, with Sir Bradley Wiggins in fifth place.

Today’s stage sets off from The Strand, at 11am.

Road closures will be in force in The Strand area from 5am, to allow all the build-up to take place.

This will include mountain bike stunt rider Andrei Burton performing from 9.30am, along with the Travel Devon road show, while Leisure East Devon will be offering cycling ‘spinning’ demonstrations and ‘have a go’ sessions. The Tour of Britain riders and teams will be arriving from 9am.

Once they get under way, they will head out along Alexandra Terrace and the Esplanade, up Carlton Hill, and out along Salterton Road towards Budleigh Salterton.

Having passed through Budleigh town centre, the field will head through East Budleigh, Yettington, Woodbury, Clyst St George and Topsham, before heading out on Dartmoor, eventually arriving at the finish in Exeter at around 3.30pm.

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