Tour of Britain arrives in the Peak District

Tour of Britain cycle race at Hulme End near Hartington

Tour of Britain cycle race at Hulme End near Hartington

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Some of the world’s top cyclists including Tour de France winner and four-time Olympic champion Bradley Wiggins paid a flying visit to the Peak District during Monday’s second stage of the Tour of Britain.

Crowds turned out in force to welcome their cycling heroes – with Wiggins and Team Sky team-mate and reigning world road race champion Mark Cavendish a popular draw – as the 112-mile stage crossed the southern half of the Peak District en-route from Nottingham to Knowsley Safari Park.

The race had earlier progressed through Ilkeston, Little Eaton, Duffield and Ashbourne ahead of three Category One King of the Mountains climbs at Turnditch, Alstonefield and Morridge.

Riders also passed through Hulme End and Warslow – the latter is visited again by the Tour during Thursday’s fifth stage.