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Kings of Anglia Issue 9 Magazine Offer

How Suffolk turned out to support the world’s elite women cyclists

PUBLISHED: 14:03 14 June 2018 | UPDATED: 08:59 15 June 2018

Supporters crowd round the stage ahead of the OVO energy Womans Tour start, on the Market Hill, Framlingham.    Picture: Steve Waller    www.stephenwaller.com

Supporters crowd round the stage ahead of the OVO energy Womans Tour start, on the Market Hill, Framlingham. Picture: Steve Waller www.stephenwaller.com

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The second stage of The Women’s Tour 2018 is today underway following yesterday’s successful start in Framlingham.

Women’s Tour cycling passing through Bramford Village Picture: PAUL BOTWRIGHTWomen’s Tour cycling passing through Bramford Village Picture: PAUL BOTWRIGHT

Cycling fans, Suffolk school children and those keen to just be a part of this sporting fiesta lined the streets along the 130km route to cheer on stage winner Jolien D’hoore and her cohort of elite cyclists from around the world - and here we look back at some of the photo highlights of the day.

The teams left Framlingham and cycled down to Wickham Market, through Martlesham to Ipswich, up to Bramford towards Stowmarket and Debenham before heading back to Framlingham. From there the riders went north to Stradbroke, through Heveningham and out to Halesworth and Blythburgh before crossing the finish line in Southwold.

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D’hoore was named the winner of this first stage with former World Champion Marta Bastianelli, riding for Alé Cipollini, and Coryn Rivera, of Team Sunweb.

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Shrewsbury Town chief executive Brian Caldwell has ruled out Paul Hurst returning to the club following his recent sacking by Ipswich Town.

More than 500 tickets have been donated for Ipswich Town’s home game against West Brom next Friday evening after one small act of kindness gained online momentum.

Toto Nsiala may currently find himself on the fringes of the Ipswich Town first-team but the central defender continues to make an impact off the field each and every week.

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Andre Dozzell has revealed his frustration as his return to action stalled earlier in the season but the teenager is now hungry for minutes on the field after returning to the first-team picture.

In past columns I have talked about a divide between athletes that earn large amounts of money, and those that do not, and how there is a movement in Ipswich to bring this sporting diversity together.

ANDY WARREN spoke to Ipswich Town No.2 Stuart Taylor about his journey from cleaning Paul Lambert’s boots at St Mirren to assisting him at Portman Road.

Striker Kayden Jackson scored a hat-trick as Ipswich Town defeated QPR 5-1 in a behind-closed-doors friendly at Playford Road this afternoon.

Trevoh Chalobah has been training with the full England squad today ahead of the Three Lions’ clash with the United States tomorrow night.

Jordan Graham is training with Oxford United after being given permission to move on by Ipswich Town.

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