10 September 2012
Last updated at 14:17
Thousands of people turned out in Nottingham to welcome cyclists from across the world as they began stage two of the Tour of Britain.
Tour de France winner and Olympic gold medallist Bradley Wiggins was the main attraction for the crowds at the Tour of Britain start line, at Nottingham Castle.
Bradley Wiggins, who is racing competitively for the first time since the London 2012 Olympics, described the Nottingham crowd as "fantastic".
Bradley Wiggins, who helped team-mate Luke Rowe win the first stage of the Tour of Britain on Sunday, said: "More people are taking an interest in cycling, which is fantastic and hopefully that will continue."
World road race champion Mark Cavendish (left), who was also a huge draw for the Nottingham crowd, crashed 1km from the finish of stage one of the Tour of Britain on Sunday. He was back racing, hoping to help his team to another victory.
The leader of Nottingham City Council Jon Collins posed for a picture with Bradley Wiggins. Mr Collins said: "Having two of the world's greatest road cyclists in Nottingham is great for the city and for the sport of cycling."
Team Sky's Luke Rowe (left), who currently wears the gold jersey, led out the peloton from Nottingham Castle, at about 10:00 BST. The race continued through Derbyshire and will finish at Knowsley Safari Park in Merseyside.