World-class cyclists were cheered on by thousands of spectators today (Friday) for the return of the Aviva Women’s Tour to Northamptonshire.
The county hosted stage three of the five-day cycling event today, which began in Oundle where hundreds of people lined the streets to watch the riders set off on the 139km route.
The race lasted around four hours, finishing in Kettering Market Place just before 2pm where Luxembourg's Christine Majerus was crowned the stage winner.
Pupils from St Brendan’s Primary School in Corby and Spratton Primary School were among the excited spectators who showed their support for the riders, while many towns and villages got into the spirit of the race by decorating their stretch of the route with bunting.
County council deputy leader Cllr Heather Smith said: “We were all delighted with the success of last year’s event and I didn’t think this year could be any better – but it was. The atmosphere in the towns and villages along the route was fantastic and I was overwhelmed to see so many people come out to cheer on the cyclists.
“I’d like to congratulate the winner of the Northamptonshire stage, Christine Majerus, on an incredible race and I want to say a huge thank you to the many stewards and volunteers who made the day such a success.
“We are very proud to have brought the Women’s Tour to Northamptonshire for the second year running. It had a tremendous impact by inspiring people to get active and get cycling and I hope the success of this year’s event continues to encourage people to get on their bikes!”