Tour of Britain cycle race: Big crowds in Surrey

  • 16 September 2012
  • From the section Surrey
The Tour of Britain
Image caption Jonathan Tiernan-Locke won the Tour of Britain to become the first home victor in 19 years

Tens of thousands of people turned out for the final stage of the Tour of Britain cycle race through Surrey.

The race of the world's top 100 riders was won by Jonathan Tiernan-Locke, the first home victor in 19 years.

The riders covered 90 miles of roads, racing from Reigate through Surrey Hills and finishing on Guildford's cobbled high street.

Extra police officers helped race organisers manage the crowds amid road closures and parking restrictions.

Ch Insp Clive Davies, of Surrey Police, said the "prestigious" event was bound to attract large crowds given the renewed interest in cycling following the Olympics.

The ninth Tour of Britain got under way in Ipswich on 9 September and included climbs in the Peak District, mid-Wales and Dartmoor on its journey through England, Scotland and Wales.

Guildford Borough Council said park-and-ride services operated amid local road closures, car park closures and parking restrictions.

Tour de France and Olympic gold medal winner Bradley Wiggins withdrew from the race on Friday with a stomach bug.

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