Gallery: School pupils cheer on Women’s Tour through east Suffolk
- Credit: Su Anderson
Thousands of people throughout east Suffolk lined the streets as the Aviva Women’s Tour rolled across the county towards the coast.
Picking their way through Stowmarket shortly before noon, the cyclists followed the route through Stowupland, onto Stonham Aspel, before racing wheel-to-wheel through Ipswich, Rushmere St Andrew, Kesgrave and Melton.
The first Strava Queen of the Mountains sprint in Hemingstone saw Melissa Hoskins cross the line first ahead of Anouska Koster and Malgorzata Jasinska.
In Ipswich, eager spectators lined the narrow road along the Waterfront to see the cyclists charge past and towards Kesgrave. In the Main Road more than 250 pupils from Kesgrave High School and Heath Primary School gathered by the roadside to cheer on their favourites at the end of the first sprint section.
Nigel Burgoyne, headteacher at KHS, said: “It’s fabulous to have it go right past the school. We are the cycling school of Europe with 800 youngsters cycling to school so it is very pertinent.”
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The school was in full swing for the event as sporting soprano Laura Wright and Paralympic gold medallist Danny Crates had dropped into the school in the morning to meet some of the excited youngsters.
KHS PE teacher Scott Roberts added: “It’s not very often you get national and international cyclists on your doorstep – it’s very impressive.”
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Barely pausing for breath as the tour rolled into Melton, the second sprint section culminated outside the Coach and Horses in Melton Road around 1.20pm before the tour continued its final stretch towards the coast and the finished in Aldeburgh.