Thousands pack the streets in defining Tour of Britain day

JPCT 130914 S14390528x Horsham. Cycling.  Tour of Britain -photo by Steve Cobb SUS-140913-124212001
JPCT 130914 S14390528x Horsham. Cycling. Tour of Britain -photo by Steve Cobb SUS-140913-124212001
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The Horsham district were treated to a defining day in the battle for the Tour of Britain’s Yellow Jersey on Saturday.

It was a historic and unmissable sight as the area played it’s part in welcoming the world’s best cyclists to its roads.

Thousands of spectators lined the streets of Sussex for stage seven of the eight-day race which crossed through the county after starting in Camberley and ending in Brighton.

A joyous affair saw crowds turn out to watch the world’s top cyclist pass through Horsham, Broadbridge Heath, Five Oaks and Wisborough Green for the first time ever.

Belgium’s Julien Vermote won the penultimate stage as overall leader Alex Dowsett lost the yellow jersey to Dylan van Baarle, which set up the final tour result.

Dutch rider Van Baarle had joined Vermote in a five-man breakaway on the 140-mile stage of the race.

Vermote struck out for victory when he attacked on Ditchling Beacon, as the Belgian raced for victory on Brighton seafront, Lithuania’s Ignatas Konovalovas held off the peloton and Van Baarle and in a two-man sprint for second place.

Team Sky’s Bradley Wiggins finished 14th on the day.

Van Baarle retained his overall lead to be crowned 2014 champion in London on Sunday after Wiggins won the time trial event, while Marcel Kittel won the sprint race from Mark Cavendish.

Van Baarle finished safely in the peloton on the final stage to win by ten seconds.

Michal Kwiatkowski was second overall and defending champion Wiggins third in final standings.

More reports, reaction and pictures in this week’s paper. Visit ww.wscountytimes.co.uk for videos of the day.