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

Supporters crowd round the stage ahead of the OVO energy Womans Tour start, on the Market Hill, Fram

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

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 BOTWRIGHT

Womens Tour cycling passing through Bramford Village Picture: PAUL BOTWRIGHT - Credit: Archant

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.

See more hereD’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.

Today the tour started in Rushden and finishes in Daventry. The five-day series culminates with a mountainous 122km route through Snowdonia on Sunday.

Leaders passing through Kesgrave Bell Picture: GEORGE COPPING

Leaders passing through Kesgrave Bell Picture: GEORGE COPPING - Credit: Archant

The women's cycle race passing through Christchurch Park. Picture: SAM DAWES

The women's cycle race passing through Christchurch Park. Picture: SAM DAWES - Credit: SAM DAWES

Women's Tour passing the Archant offices of the EADT & Ipswich Star on the corner of Portman Road an

Women's Tour passing the Archant offices of the EADT & Ipswich Star on the corner of Portman Road and Princes Street Picture: ARCHANT

A close finish in the second sprint stage of the first day in the OVO energy Womans Tour, on 13 June

A close finish in the second sprint stage of the first day in the OVO energy Womans Tour, on 13 June 2018. Picture: Steve Waller www.stephenwaller.com - Credit: Picture: Steve Waller

standing with a group of friends watching The womens Tour come through .

standing with a group of friends watching The womens Tour come through . - Credit: Tina Lockwood

Women's Cycle Tour passing through Needham Market Picture: DAVID MAYHEW

Women's Cycle Tour passing through Needham Market Picture: DAVID MAYHEW - Credit: David MAYHEW

Women's Cycle Tour passing through Needham Market Picture: DAVID MAYHEW

Women's Cycle Tour passing through Needham Market Picture: DAVID MAYHEW - Credit: David MAYHEW

Cycle Race passing along Bramford Road Picture: GRAHAM MEADOWS

Cycle Race passing along Bramford Road Picture: GRAHAM MEADOWS - Credit: graham meadows

Women's Cycle Tour passing through Needham Market Picture: DAVID MAYHEW

Women's Cycle Tour passing through Needham Market Picture: DAVID MAYHEW - Credit: Archant

Riders on the A12 at Blythburgh during the first stage of he OVO energy Woman's Tour. Picture: St

Riders on the A12 at Blythburgh during the first stage of he OVO energy Woman's Tour. Picture: Steve Waller www.stephenwaller.com - Credit: Picture: Steve Waller

Market Hill, Framingham ahead of the start of the OVO energy Womans Tour, on 13 June 2018. Pictur

Market Hill, Framingham ahead of the start of the OVO energy Womans Tour, on 13 June 2018. Picture: Steve Waller www.stephenwaller.com - Credit: Picture: Steve Waller


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