Lancashire

Tour of Britain: Carlisle to Blackpool in fourth stage

Bradley Wiggins
Image caption Olympic champion Bradley Wiggins is one of the major attractions during the Tour of Britain

Cyclist Bradley Wiggins headed home to Lancashire when the Tour of Britain rode through the county.

Stage four of the eight-stage race took the riders 156km (97 miles) from Carlisle to Blackpool.

Mark Cavendish won a sprint finish to take Tuesday's stage three.

Four-time Olympic gold medallist Wiggins, from Chorley, became the first British winner of the Tour de France in July, with team-mate Cavendish winning the sprint finish in Paris.

The stage four run passed over two second category climbs before a flat finish outside Blackpool Tower.

The chief executive of the Tour, Hugh Roberts, said it had been "great fun" to see the huge crowds the event has attracted.

The race began in Ipswich on Sunday and ends in Reigate, Surrey, on 16 September.

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