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Tour of Britain cycle race reaches climax in London

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Image caption Some of the world's top cyclists descended on London for the final stages of the Tour of Britain

Thousands of people turned out for the closing stages of the Tour of Britain race in central London on Sunday.

Defending champion Sir Bradley Wiggins was victorious in the first race of the day, the individual time trial.

Fellow Briton Mark Cavendish was pipped to the line by Marcel Kittel in the final stage - held over 10 laps of the 5.5 mile (8.8km) time trial circuit.

Dutch rider Dylan van Baarle won the overall race with Poland's Michal Kwiatkowski second and Wiggins third.

Racers took in views of the Houses of Parliament and the London Eye as the tour reached its climax.

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Image caption Bradley Wiggins won his London time trial but defence of the overall title eluded him
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Image caption Hundreds of people turned out to cheer on the cyclists including Britain's Mark Cavendish
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Image caption Mark Cavendish's (second right) sprint finish was not quite enough to beat German rider Marcel Kittel (right)
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Image caption The Tour of Britain began in Liverpool and took in routes through Wales, the West and South West of England and Brighton before reaching the capital

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