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Congratulations to Jolien D'hoore and the other jersey winners.

The second stage of the Tour will take the riders to the Cyclopark in Kent.

They will tackle a 62.5km (25-lap) circuit race around the Gravesend venue.

It will be Kent's first ever stage of the Women's Tour, and the biggest international sporting event the county has held since the 2007 Tour de France Grand Depart.

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A history of the big cycling events in Suffolk

Suffolk has been a favourite county for hosting stages of some of Britain's major cycling races in recent years.

In the inaugral Women's Tour in 2014, the third stage went from Felixstowe to Clacton.

In 2015, stage one ended in Aldeburgh where Lizzie Armitstead crashed at the finish line, while stage two went from Braintree in Essex to Clacton, via Sudbury and Hadleigh.

Women's Tour in East Bergholt, 2015
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Cyclists pass through John Constable's home village of East Bergholt in 2015

The 2016 event had a stage from Southwold to Norwich, while last year featured a stage beteen Framlingham and Southwold.

For the men's Tour of Britain, the opening stage in 2012 went from Ipswich to Norwich.

In 2015, it was back in Norfolk and Suffolk, including a sprint section on the runway at the Army's Wattisham airfield.

Tour of Britain at Wattisham airfield
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In 2017, the men had a sprint time trial at Clacton in Essex, followed by a stage six jaunt between Newmarket and Aldeburgh in Suffolk.

How is your local A&E doing?

West Suffolk NHS Trust, which runs West Suffolk Hospital, in Bury St Edmunds, missed its A&E waiting target of seeing patients in less than four hours last month.

Hospitals are meant to treat, assess or discharge 95% of patients in that time. West Suffolk NHS Trust saw 86.9% according to figures released for April. This is up on the figure for 12 months ago, which was 85%.

How is your local A&E performing?
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At West Suffolk NHS Trust a total of 883 patients were not seen within the four-hour window in April.

The trust was ranked 34 of 129 trusts of hospital trusts in England.

As a whole, the NHS has failed to meet this target since July 2015. A hospital trust's performance figures include the main accident and emergency department and any minor injuries or care centres it runs.

NHS England has asked patients only to attend A&E department with "genuine life-threatening emergencies".

Check NHS cancer, A&E, ops and mental health targets in your area.

This story has been generated using NHS data, BBC analysis and some automation.

How is your local A&E doing?

East Suffolk & North Essex NHS Foundation Trust, which runs Colchester and Ipswich hospitals, missed its A&E waiting target of seeing patients in less than four hours last month.

Hospitals are meant to treat, assess or discharge 95% of patients in that time. East Sussex & North Essex NHS Trust saw 89.4% according to figures released for April. This is down on the figure for 12 months ago, which was 95.6%.

How is your local A&E performing?
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At East Suffolk & North Essex NHS Foundation Trust a total of 2,364 patients were not seen within the four-hour window in April.

The trust was ranked 29 of 129 trusts of hospital trusts in England.

As a whole, the NHS has failed to meet this target since July 2015. A hospital trust's performance figures include the main accident and emergency department and any minor injuries or care centres it runs.

NHS England has asked patients only to attend A&E department with "genuine life-threatening emergencies".

Check NHS cancer, A&E, ops and mental health targets in your area.

This story has been generated using NHS data, BBC analysis and some automation.

'Bad day' for Tory leaders in Suffolk

Scenes from East Suffolk district
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East Suffolk has been formed from the merger of Waveney and Suffolk Coastal district councils

It’s been a good day to be a Green or Independent in Suffolk, and a bad day to be a Conservative leader.

The Greens and independents have torn through the majorities of the Conservatives at Mid Suffolk, Babergh and the new West Suffolk district councils taking some senior Tories down with them.

At West Suffolk, they are in control as they were at the two councils it has replaced - Forest Heath and St Edmundsbury.

However, in the process they lost three West Suffolk Conservative heavyweights - the former leader of Forest Heath James Waters, the former Suffolk County Council leader Colin Noble and West Suffolk Conservative Association chairman Lance Stansbury.

When asked why they thought they had not retained district council seats, they told me it was the failure to deliver Brexit and because of that their message about local issues weren’t getting through.

Babergh and Mid Suffolk Tories didn’t even manage to keep hold of their councils. They have now gone to no overcall control with the Greens taking the share of the gains, but it was an independent who managed to unseat the Mid Suffolk Conservative leader Nick Gowrley.

A different picture for the new East Suffolk Council where the Conservatives have retained their hold in the area formerly covered by Waveney and Suffolk Coastal councils where the merger has created the largest district council in the country by population.

The Conservatives didn’t get away completely unscathed though, they lost the ex-leader of Waveney District Council and Suffolk County Council Mark Bee - he lost his seat to the Greens.

The Conservatives were punished here in a county which had a majority of people vote to leave the EU.

Labour wasn’t punished - the party gained seats in Ipswich - the only Suffolk council it controls and they also have more seats on West Suffolk than they did on both Forest Heath and St Edmundsbury.

Protest vote, Brexit backlash or maybe the need for some new politics, who knows what voters were thinking?

What we can be sure of is that what they decided on will be a new era for politics at district level in Suffolk.

Conservatives lose control at Babergh but stay largest party

The Conservatives have taken a hit at Babergh District Council in south Suffolk - losing their overall majority.

There were 11 fewer seats than at the last election in 2015, but the Tories still remain the largest party.

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Eight Independents were elected with four Green councillors, three Liberal Democrats and two Labour.

Conservative leader John Ward said: "I would like to think as the largest group we would be able to form some sort of coalition.

"We have 15 out of the 32 - it's not a majority but it's something I think we can work with others to form an administration that is representative of all views."

West Suffolk: 33,000 ballot papers issued

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More than 33,000 ballot papers were issued in the West Suffolk council election.

The council has only been in existence for a month, having been formed from a merger of Forest Heath and St Edmundsbury.

The council said the turnout was 31.79%.

Votes will be counted from 09:00 BST, with a result expected at about 14:00.

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How is your local A&E doing?

East Suffolk & North Essex NHS Foundation Trust, which runs Colchester and Ipswich hospitals, missed its A&E waiting target of seeing patients in less than four hours last month.

Hospitals are meant to treat, assess or discharge 95% of patients in that time. East Sussex & North Essex NHS Trust saw 92.7% according to figures released for March. This is down on the figure for 12 months ago, which was 95.4%.

How is your local A&E performing?
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At East Suffolk & North Essex NHS Foundation Trust a total of 1,687 patients were not seen within the four-hour window in March.

The trust was ranked 23 of 131 trusts of hospital trusts in England.

As a whole, the NHS has failed to meet this target since July 2015. A hospital trust's performance figures include the main accident and emergency department and any minor injuries or care centres it runs.

NHS England has asked patients only to attend A&E department with "genuine life-threatening emergencies".

Check NHS cancer, A&E, ops and mental health targets in your area.

This story has been generated using NHS data, BBC analysis and some automation.