2012 Tour of Britain pro cycle race came through our village!

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The last stage of this year’s Tour of Britain professional cycle race came through our village of Wonersh today – twice in fact (once on the outskirts and then, on the second loop around Surrey, through the village itself) – so of course I had to go and get some photos. The stage itself ran from Reigate to Guildford, taking in two loops around the Surrey countryside.

The Tour of Britain is not quite such a big deal as the Tour de France (it only lasts one week instead of three) – but it still attracts some big names – this year both World Champion Mark Cavendish and Olympic time-trial gold medallist Bradley Wiggins competed (though Wiggins unfortunately wasn’t riding today as he was forced to drop out of the race a few days ago due to illness).

Lots of people turned out to watch the race and it was great to see such a big sporting event so close to home – I only had to walk about 150 yards to watch the action!Here are a few of my favourite images – I’ve posted some more here on Facebook for those that are interested in pro cycling.

World Champion Mark Cavendish is in this shot (in the white jersey with rainbow hoops) – he won the stage with a sprint at the finish in Guildford.

The gold jersey of the Tour leader is worn by Jonathan Tiernan-Locke, who clinched overall victory in the Tour of Britain today.