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Children evacuated from Bury St Edmunds bus fire
The double-decker bus was taking pupils on a school trip when the blaze broke out.

Severe disruption: A14 Cambridgeshire westbound

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A14 Cambridgeshire westbound severe disruption, from J29 to J28 Bucking Way Road Cambridge Services.

A14 Cambridgeshire - One lane closed on A14 westbound from J29, Bar Hill to J28, Bucking (Cambridge Services), because of flooding. In the roadworks area.

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That's a wrap from Suffolk.... Where's next?

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.

Cyclopark
OVO Energy Women's Tour

Majerus wins the first Queen of the Mountain

The Women's Tour has posted the results of the first Queen of the Mountain (QOM) section of today's stage - a 1.4km climb out of Welnetham.

  1. Christine Majerus (Boels-Dolmans)
  2. Sofia Bertizollo (Team VIRTU Cycling)
  3. Lizzy Banks (Bigla)
The climb out of Little Welnetham
The Women's Tour

Passing the Abbey Gate in Bury St Edmunds

A picture of historic Bury St Edmunds when the riders passed by the town's Abbey Gardens and cathedral at about 13:50.

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West Suffolk College hails 'thrilling' sport

The Women's Tour passing through Bury St Edmunds, just 28 miles to go!

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Spectators wait for 'amazing event'

Alison Root

BBC Radio Suffolk

Spectators in Bury St Edmunds take shelter as they wait for the race to pass.

Matt Jones and Thomas Adalbert are with their wives in The Angel Hotel, keeping warm and dry until it's time to cheer on the riders.

The race is due to reach the centre of the medieval cathedral town at about 13:42, where there will be 28.1 miles (45.2km) of racing left to go.

Mr Adalbert (right) said: "It’s an amazing event and as I live just around the corner, it’s right on my doorstep.

"My seven-year-old son Ben loves cycling and he made us come to watch."

Matt Jones and Thomas Adalbert, right
BBC

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.

Where to watch the Women's Tour

Today's opening stage of the OVO Energy Women's Tour will start in Beccles and end in Stowmarket.

Ninety-six of the world's best female riders, from 16 different teams, will set off from the north Suffolk town at 10:30.

The pace will hot up as they race for the intermediate sprint at RAF Honington, which they are expected to reach at 13:19.

This will quickly be followed by another sprint at Fornham St Martin at about 13:40 and a third in Stowmarket before the finish.

The hill-climbers among the peloton will be hoping to take the Queen of the Mountain points at Little Welnetham, which they are expected to reach at 14:02, and Purple Hill, Buxhall, at 14:44.

After 157.6km (98 miles) of racing, the riders are expected to reach the finish line at Stowmarket at about 14:53.

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Suffolk's ready to host start of Women's Tour

Suffolk is to welcome the opening stage of the 2019 Women's Tour.

Belgium's Jolien D'Hoore won last year's opening stage of the race which went from Framlingham to Southwold
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Belgium's Jolien D'Hoore won last year's opening stage of the race which went from Framlingham to Southwold in Suffolk

Britain's biggest women's pro-cycling race will set off from Beccles at 10:30.

The colourful peloton of just under 100 riders will weave its way along the 157.6km (98 mile) route to Stowmarket.

They will go through places including Halesworth, Framlingham, Stradbroke, Eye and Bury St Edmunds, where thousands of spectators are expected to line the streets to cheer them on.

It is the fourth time the OVO Energy Women's Tour has started in Suffolk.

Today's stage is the first of six, the Tour will head to Kent tomorrow and will finish in Pembrey, Wales, on Saturday.

Severe disruption: M11 Cambridgeshire northbound

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M11 Cambridgeshire northbound severe disruption, from J10 for A505 to J11 for A10 Cambridge Road Cambridge South.

M11 Cambridgeshire - One lane blocked and it's very slow on M11 northbound from J10, A505 (Duxford) to J11, A10 (Cambridge South), because of a break down.

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Severe accident: M11 Essex northbound

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M11 Essex northbound severe accident, from J8 for Bishops Stortford to J9 for .

M11 Essex - An accident on M11 northbound from J8, Bishops Stortford to J9, Saffron Walden. Traffic is coping well.

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Severe accident: A1124 Essex both ways

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A1124 Essex both ways severe accident, from New Road to Ponders Road.

A1124 Essex - A1124 Halstead Road in Aldham partially blocked and it's slow moving in both directions from the New Road junction to Wash Corner, because of an accident.

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Severe disruption: A11 Suffolk northbound

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A11 Suffolk northbound severe disruption, from Newmarket Road to A1065.

A11 Suffolk - A11 in Barton Mills partially blocked and it's very slow northbound from the Newmarket Road junction to the A1065 junction, because of a break down.

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Disability strong woman champion on competing with MS
Britain's disability strong woman champion talks about competing with multiple sclerosis.

Severe accident: A11 Suffolk northbound

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A11 Suffolk northbound severe accident, from B1085 Newmarket Road to A1065.

A11 Suffolk - A11 in Red Lodge closed northbound from Red Lodge Turn Off to the A1065 junction, because of accident investigation work. Diversion in operation - continue along the A14 to J42, B1106 and A1101 through Fornham All Saints and through Icklingham.

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Severe accident: M11 Cambridgeshire northbound

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M11 Cambridgeshire northbound severe accident, at J14 for A14 J31 Girton.

M11 Cambridgeshire - M11 entry slip road partially blocked and it's very slow northbound at J14, A14 J31 (Girton), because of an accident involving a lorry and a car. In the roadworks area.

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D-Day: Paratroopers land in France to mark 75th anniversary
Two veterans, aged 95 and 94, were among many people parachuting into France to mark the anniversary.

Severe disruption: M11 Essex northbound

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M11 Essex northbound severe disruption, at J8A for A120.

M11 Essex - M11 lane closed on entry slip road northbound at J8a A120, because of a broken down vehicle.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time