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Summary

  1. Christine Majerus wins stage one of the Women's Tour
  2. Ninety one riders left Southwold at 10:00
  3. Organisers hail "phenomenal" support

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That's it for our coverage of a great day of cycling across Suffolk and Norfolk

The first day of the 2016 Women's Tour has seen big crowds turn out to catch a fleeting glimpse of the riders.

It's also seen drama, as Alison Tetrick, who'd built up a lead of around a minute until the very final stages, was overtaken by Christine Majerus (pictured).

As we wave goodbye to the riders, the support teams and everyone else involved, we wish Warwickshire a great day for tomorrow as they host the Tour for the very first time.

Christine Majerus
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So where does the Tour go from here?

While Suffolk's been lucky enough to attract the Women's Tour each year since it began, tomorrow's stage in Warwickshire is a first for the county.

Starting in Atherstone, the riders will head south, passing a number of local landmarks including Meriden, home to the National Cycling Memorial, and the world famous castles in Kenilworth and Warwick.

The stage will pass through Gaydon and Shipston-on-Stour, skirting the Cotswolds before the finish in Stratford-upon-Avon.

Stage two route
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Watch: Winner Christine Majerus thanks crowds

Christine Majerus thanks the public for turning out to watch today and hopes for more good weather for the next stages of the Women's Tour:

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'I could not get anywhere in north Suffolk today'

The always-reliable-for-a-laugh Suffolk Gazette has given its take on today's cycling.

"An angry motorist complained today that a group of cyclists were hogging the roads in north Suffolk with no thought for the safety of other road users", it writes.

Alison Tetrick close to tears after losing lead near finish line

The bus that brought today's stage winner to Southwold

Graeme Mac

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

When the Boels Dolmans team arrived in Southwold this morning, I asked the question: "Is this year's Women's Tour winner on this bus?"

At that stage, I was referring to Lizzie Armitstead, who is among the favourites for this year's event and will be keen to make amends after last year's crash in Aldeburgh.

But as events turned out, it was Lizzie's team-mate Christine Majerus who won stage one, and gets to wear the yellow jersey for tomorrow's stage, which starts in Atherstone in Warwickshire.

Armitstead collected the best British rider jersey.

Boels Dolmans team bus
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Women's Tour: A recap of events during the day

If you're just joining us, here's a brief recap of events during stage one of the Women's Tour:

  • Ninety-one riders set off at about 10:00 from Southwold, but rider 142 Emily Kay, from the Great Britain team, later abandoned the race
Just before the start
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  • Just after 12:15, the riders crossed the border into Norfolk. At this stage they were about five minutes ahead of schedule. Harleston was the first town they went through
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  • American Alison Tetrick, from Cylance Pro Cycling, built up a lead of around a minute, but was pipped at the post by Luxembourg's Christine Majerus, from the Boels Dolmans Cycling Team
Christine Majerus catches Alison Tetrick
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How our local newspapers are reporting Stage One of the Women's Tour

Today has been a big day for us, covering Stage One of the Women's Tour, but of course, it's also been a big day for our local newspapers.

The East Anglian Daily Times reports: Exciting finish in Norwich concludes first stage of Women’s Tour after Grand Depart in Southwold

The Lowestoft Journal, the Eastern Daily Press and the Norwich Evening News share the headline: Aviva Women’s Tour: How Stage One unfolded from Southwold to Norwich

Tour crash in Rose Lane

We've finally managed to find out more about the rumours of a crash during the Tour in Norwich.

We're told one did take place near Belmore's solicitor's on Rose Lane, but that it didn't involve any of the four leaders crossing the finish line first.

A view of the podium

BBC Norfolk's Phil Daley tweeted this image of the podium at the end of the race. It's worth clicking on for a different perspective.

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Podium
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Norwich City Council 'proud' to host first stage of Women's Tour

Analysis: Majerus back on the podium

James Burridge

BBC Look East

Luxembourg’s Christine Majerus, who won the Northamptonshire leg of last year’s Women Tour, was back to the top of the podium in Norwich.

The fastest and flattest course of the five stages, she managed to haul back American Alison Tetrick, who held a two-minute lead approaching the closing stages.

Sadly, she simply ran out of puff on the twisting climb to the finish in the city centre.

Crowd favourite Lizzie Armitstead collected the Best British Rider jersey. The tour heads next to Warwickshire before finishing on familiar territory in Northamptonshire on Sunday.

Condolences for Tetrick pipped at the post

Commiserations for Tetrick:

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Exciting take-over at final stages to see Tetrick pipped

Phil Daley

BBC Radio Norfolk sport

The first stage of Britain's third Women's Cycle Tour has been won in Norwich. 

It was a dramatic sprint finish in front of City Hall between four riders. American Alison Tetrick had a 90 second lead over the main pack of riders about 20 kilometres out.

But as the peleton swept into the city they caught Tetrick and a battle ensued with number 26, Christine Majerus eventually winning the first stage.

A few more pictures from the Women's Tour in Norwich

GB cycling mascot cheering the crowds...

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Waving them on...

Children
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Heading back to the bus after completing the course...

Spectators
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Alison Tetrick emotional after narrowly missing out on stage win

Phil Daley

BBC Radio Norfolk sport

I've just spoke to an emotional Alison Tetrick, who was so close to winning after breaking away with 25km left.

She just couldn't hold on.

Alison Tetrick
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And here's the stage winner...

Armitstead collects leading British rider jersey

Riders await jersey presentation

Lizzie Armitstead leads the British rider classification, while Christine Majerus will be wearing yellow tomorrow.

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Post-race feedback from spectators

"Love it, needs to come back here again," said Andy Daniels, 47, from Horsford. 

His mate, Shaun Nicholas, 45, said: "Would have loved to have been able to watch it on a big screen as well, but it was superb."

Spectators
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Alahna Eamer, 33, and baby Logan: "They went by so fast! But it's brilliant that they're here." 

Spectator
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Gail and James Tovell, from Norwich, said it was "so very exciting".

Spectators
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In pictures: The stage finish in Norwich

Women's Tour finish
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Women's Tour finish
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Women's Tour finish
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No update yet on rumours of a crash near the finish line

We're still trying to find out more about the possibility of a crash near the finish line.

Hopefully no news is good news, and there'll be nothing to report. But we'll let you know as soon as we get any update.

The moment the riders approached the finish line

Cameras at the ready....

Tour
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'Thumbs up' for race winner Christine Majerus

Photos from final stages of stage one...

As we catch our breath following that finish, here are some photos of the Norfolk section of stage one.

The peloton going through Mulbarton:

Peloton
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Breakaway leader Alison Tetrick, who was caught close to the finish line.

Alison Tetrick
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And the crowds awaiting the finish in Norwich...

Riders in Norwich
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Christine Majerus wins stage one of the Women's Tour

Possible crash near the finish line

Philippa Taylor

BBC Local Live

We're getting reports that there was a crash near the finish line.

We'll bring you more news as we get it..

Alison Tetrick caught!

Phil Daley

BBC Radio Norfolk sport

It looks as if Christine Majerus from the Boels Dolmans cycling team has won the first stage of the race in a dramatic finish.

Getting ready to welcome the riders

The steps of Norwich City Hall are packed as the riders approach.

Norwich City steps
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Tetrick lead down to 30 seconds

Just 1km to go...

Alison Tetrick lead cut to just over a minute

Alison Tetrick has 3km to go until the finish line, and is just over a minute in the lead.

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Norwich awaits (part two)

A smaller crowd on King's Street.

King's Street, Norwich
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Can anyone catch Alison Tetrick?

They've got less than 10km to do so...

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A view from Attleborough

Richard Daniel

BBC Look East

This was the scene in Attleborough as the Women's Tour passed through a short while ago.

Women's Tour in Attleborough
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Attleborough Women's Tour
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Attleborough Women's Tour riders
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Alison Tetrick 'well ahead'

Bob Carter

BBC Radio Norfolk

I haven't started my stopwatch, but there's quite a gap between lead rider Alison Tetrick and the rest of the peloton.

Now I can see the entire peloton coming up the slope into Mulbarton. Everyone else is together. It feels as if Tetrick is about a minute ahead of them.

The referee's car has just gone past me in Mulbarton

Bob Carter

BBC Radio Norfolk

And I can see the TV helicopter in the distance. Not long now.

There must be 100 people lining the route at the end of the village green, by the church.

Norwich awaits...

Shaun Whitmore

BBC Look East

Norwich for the Women's Tour
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I'm in Mulbarton, where the Tour is due to arrive at any moment

Bob Carter

BBC Radio Norfolk

The last motorcycle outrider has gone through Mulbarton as the race approaches.

Alison Tetrick extends lead with 15km to go

The scene in Norwich

With the Women's Tour fast approaching Norwich, and the end of stage one, here's a great shot of the final stretch by James Burridge.

Norwich City Centre
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