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By RICHARD WOOD
Sunday, September 9, 2012
There were big cheers in Lowestoft as riders in the Tour of Britain sped across the bascule bridge.
The normally traffic-congested crossing was lined with crowds as the breakaway group of four riders, Kristian House, Niels Wytinck, Rony Martias and Jonny Clarke, passed at around 12.30pm, four minutes ahead of the peloton, with Mark Cavendish and Team Sky near the front of the pack.
People had started to take their places on the bridge at 11.30am, although the roads only started to be closed at 12.10pm.
Among those keen for a good view were Dave and Ann Johnson, and Mary Thurston, all from Oulton Broad.
Mrs Johnson said: “It is absolutely fantastic, it is like the Olympic Torch relay. To come through here is just fantastic for the town, we usually miss out on everything but it is nice to have Lowestoft recognised.”
As the road was closed a surge of spectators arrived, as they basked in the sunshine with temperatures approaching 25C.
John Rous Milligan and his nine-year-old son Daniel had travelled to Lowestoft from Loddon, and quickly got into their car to drive to the Norfolk Showground after the cyclists had been through.
Daniel said: “I am a very big fan of Bradley Wiggins. He has really inspired me to cycle a lot more.”
After starting in Ipswich and travelling through Woodbridge and Aldeburgh, the peloton arrived in Westleton before going face-to-face with a scarecrow version of Bradley Wiggins lining the route in Reydon.
From here they were met with more cheers as they travelled through Wrentham, Henstead and Kessingland before arriving in Lowestoft.
From Lowestoft the cyclists continued north through Flixton and Lound as they crossed into Norfolk.
•You can continue to follow coverage of the Tour of Britain through Norfolk on www.edp24.co.uk