Wiggo’s farewell to road racing brings out the crowds as cycling spectacular arrives in Sodbury

October 04 2016

CYCLING star Sir Bradley Wiggins made one of his last appearances in road racing when he sped through Chipping Sodbury in the Tour of Britain.

Wiggo’s farewell to road racing brings out the crowds as cycling spectacular arrives in Sodbury

CYCLING star Sir Bradley Wiggins made one of his last appearances in road racing when he sped through Chipping Sodbury in the Tour of Britain.
The holder of five Olympic medals, who has done much to raise the profile of competitive cycling, helped bring huge crowds of spectators out to see riders flash through the town and surrounding areas.
Another big name cyclist, Mark Cavendish, was also in the race, which eventually finished in London three days later with Britain’s Steve Cummings taking the honours.
Sir Bradley had already claimed he would be retiring later this year but those lining the route to get a glimpse of him only had seconds to try and pick him out from the crowd during the stage-five spectacle.
The cyclists had started the stage in Aberdare and raced into Chipping Sodbury just minutes after going through Wotton-under-Edge and Wickwar. They then headed out to Westerleigh and Pucklechurch en route to the stage end in Bath.
But despite the short-lived excitement, residents, shopkeepers and school children maintained their enthusiasm, having lined the town’s streets for a good hour before the cavalcade of police motorcyclists, tour support vehicles and elite cyclists appeared.