PHOTOS: Tour of Britain visits North Somerset

PUBLISHED: 12:00 06 September 2018

Riders in the OVO Energy Tour of Britain cross Clifton Suspension Bridge over the Avon Gorge as they begin stage Three, Bristol to Bristol. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday September, 4, 2018. Photo credit should read: Ben Birchall/PA Wire

Riders in the OVO Energy Tour of Britain cross Clifton Suspension Bridge over the Avon Gorge as they begin stage Three, Bristol to Bristol. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday September, 4, 2018. Photo credit should read: Ben Birchall/PA Wire

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Villagers celebrated ahead of the arrival of an elite sporting event this week, which saw some of the world’s best cyclists speed through North Somerset.

Cllr's Ally Jones and Arthur Hacking clocking up the miles
Congresbury Activity day to celebrate the Tour of Britain visiting the village.
02,09,18Cllr's Ally Jones and Arthur Hacking clocking up the miles Congresbury Activity day to celebrate the Tour of Britain visiting the village. 02,09,18

The Tour of Britain visited the district on Tuesday, with legendary Tour de France winners Chris Froome and Geraint Thomas part of a star-studded field.

Congresbury was one of the lucky villages on the 128km third stage, which started and ended in Bristol.

Villagers toasted the visit of the best riders on the planet with a fun day on Sunday.

Villagers flocked to the Millennium Green for the event, organised by Congresbury Parish Council, to take part in a range of games and challenges on two wheels as excitement grew before the race – which also visited Yatton, Kenn, Tickenham, Wraxall and Failand.

Quick Step Floor's Julian Alaphilippe celebrates winning stage three of the Ovo Energy Tour of Britain 2018 in Bristol. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday September 4, 2018. See PA story CYCLING Tour of Britain. Photo credit should read: David Davies/PA WireQuick Step Floor's Julian Alaphilippe celebrates winning stage three of the Ovo Energy Tour of Britain 2018 in Bristol. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday September 4, 2018. See PA story CYCLING Tour of Britain. Photo credit should read: David Davies/PA Wire

And on Tuesday hundreds of enthusiasts lined the village’s streets to catch a glimpse of the bikes haring past and cheer the cyclists on.

The stage was won France and Quick-Step rider Julian Alaphilippe, with British duo Ethan Hayter and Connor Swift finishing fourth and sixth respectively.

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