Warwick hosts start of OVO Energy Tour of Britain

Royal Leamington Spa Cycling Club members followed the Warwickshire Stage of the OVO Energy Tour of Britain. They are pictured at Warwick Racecourse having watched the professional cyclists set off from the start line.
Royal Leamington Spa Cycling Club members followed the Warwickshire Stage of the OVO Energy Tour of Britain. They are pictured at Warwick Racecourse having watched the professional cyclists set off from the start line.

Cycling fans gathered in their hundreds for the start of the seventh stage of the OVO Energy Tour of Britain in Warwick this morning (Friday September 13).

The biggest names among the male competitors in the sport set off from Warwick Racecourse to start the route through Warwickshire on their way to the finish line at Burton Dassett.

The cyclists set off at the start of the Warwickshire stage of the OVO Energy Tour of Britain at Warwick Racecourse.

The cyclists set off at the start of the Warwickshire stage of the OVO Energy Tour of Britain at Warwick Racecourse.

Along the way the star-studded field, which included some of the big names from this year's Tour de France, completed two gruelling 12-kilometre circuits around Burton Dassett before crossing the finishing line at the end of the 185-kilometre course on the third ascent of the 700-metre climb.

Bernie Tanner, press officer for Royal Leamington Spa Cycling Club whose members were at the start line to cheer the riders on before setting off to follow parts of the race, said: "It's great for Warwickshire cycling and a fantastic event which you can see from all the people here.

"There is a great summit finish for this stage which will amaze mere mortals like us.

"We have the cycling brand Sigma Sports following us around today as the featured cycling club for its YouTube channel so that's pretty cool as well.

"We're really looking forward to the day ahead."

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