After a delay of a year due to the pandemic, today a cycling dream came true in Cornwall as the Tour of Britain zig-zagged its way through the Duchy, greeted by thousands of fans cheering them along the way.
We were lucky that the race came by our office after some of the world’s best cyclists set off from Penzance, travelling 111 miles across Cornwall in a time that would be hard to match if you were driving, before arriving at the finish line in Bodmin for the first stage - known as the Grand Depart - of the 2021 Tour of Britain.
The likes of Mark Cavendish, Wout van Aert and Julian Alaphilippe were just some of the familiar names taking in the sights and sounds of Cornwall for what has been a huge day for the county.
It is hoped that hosting the event will bring in millions to the Cornish economy and put us on the sporting map.
The race was tightly fought, with Mark Cavendish a favourite at one stage to finish first.
In the end, it was Belgian superstar Wout van Aert who won Stage One of the 2021 Tour of Britain in a sprint finish.
The Olympic silver medallist, who also won three stages of this year’s Tour de France, was the fastest up the steep finishing climb in Bodmin.
The 26-year-old Belgian National Champion, who rides for Jumbo-Visma, also took the blue leader's jersey as a result of his win, which was his first Tour of Britain stage win.
Come back soon Tour of Britain
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