Thousands of spectators lined the route of the OVO Energy Tour of Britain as it made its way through Tendring for an extremely competitive individual time trial.
Stage five was flagged off the line by Tendring District Council’s (TDC) Mick Skeels from Marine Parade West just after 12pm today and riders made their way around a 16km loop of Tendring on a course that was key to the destination of the race leader’s OVO Energy Green Jersey.
Top names such as Mark Cavendish, Alex Dowsett and James Gullen were among over 100 riders making up 20 of the world’s top teams, including 13 squads that have ridden in one of the two Grand Tours so far in 2017, with the likes of Team Sky, BMC Racing and the Movistar Team among them.
Mick Skeels, Tendring District Council’s Cabinet Member for Leisure and Tourism said he was delighted that so many people had turned out to watch the event.
“The whole day has been brilliant from start to finish and such a treat for fans who lined the route, particularly along the seafront in Clacton and Holland,” he said.
“The atmosphere at the finish line was electric with everyone cheering the riders on and banging the boards in support.
“It’s been an honour to host the individual time trial, and the weather proved favourable too - all in all a complete success!”
It was the first time that Britain’s premier men’s road cycling event has visited Tendring, with the news building on the success of Tendring having hosted stages of the massively successful Women’s Tour in 2014 and 2015, when stages of the world leading women’s race finished in Clacton and started in Harwich.