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

PUBLISHED: 14:03 14 June 2018 | UPDATED: 08:59 15 June 2018

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

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

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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 Women’s Tour cycling passing through Bramford Village Picture: PAUL BOTWRIGHT

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.

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D’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.

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