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Tour of Britain: Cyclists ride Welshpool to Caerphilly

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Image caption The Tour of Britain will see riders racing between Welshpool, Powys, and Caerphilly

Some of the world's top cyclists have been in Wales for stage four of the Tour of Britain.

The 114-mile (183km) stage, won by Thor Hushovd, saw riders racing between Welshpool in Powys and Caerphilly.

Mark Cavendish, winner of 20 stages of the Tour de France, and Welshman Geraint Thomas, were among those taking part.

The race also passed through Builth Wells, Brecon, Aberdare, Mountain Ash and Ystrad Mynach.

Garmin Cervelo rider Hushovd finished the 114-mile (183km) stage from Powys Castle, Welshpool, to Caerphilly in four hours, 32 minutes and 22 seconds.

But Lars Boom retained the leader's golden jersey.

In second place was Rabobank's Boom, Cesare Benedetti of Team NetApp was third and Motorpoint's Ian Bibby was the first Briton home in fourth.

This was the second successive year that the Tour of Britain has returned to Powys. Last year it was the first time it had visited Wales since 2004.

This year the Welsh stage started at Powis Castle in Welshpool at 10:15 BST.

The tour is the UK's biggest professional cycle race with 96 cyclists from 16 professional international teams.

The Welsh leg is sponsored by Powys Council.

Wynne Jones, cabinet member for regeneration and culture, said: "We are delighted that the country's best known and most viewed cycling event is returning to Powys with a fascinating castle-to-castle stage.

"Last year's event was a huge success with thousands of visitors flocking to Powys, providing a welcome boost to the economy."

The tour started in Scotland on Sunday, while stage five on Thursday will see competitors racing between Exeter and Exmouth in Devon.

The event ends next Sunday.

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