Race day success

Crowds cheered on as Stage Four of the Tour of Britain cycling event took off to a great start in Edinburgh this morning (Wednesday 9 September).

Crowds of cycling fans turned out to watch the tournament’s 120 riders, including World Omnium Champion Fernando Gaviria and teammate Mark Cavendish, as they departed from a spectacular starting point in Holyrood Park.

The race mounted the Royal Mile and sped towards Edinburgh Castle before heading towards the Meadows and out towards Edinburgh College.

The event was supported by local school children, residents and businesses as well as visitors from across Scotland. Waved off by the city’s Sports Convener and Festivals and Events Champion, Councillor Richard Lewis, he described the race as a ‘spectacular sight’ and ‘a key event for the city.’

Race organisers confirmed late on Wednesday that 21-year-old Gaviria won the stage sprinting to victory in Blyth. The victory was Team Etixx Quick-Step’s second so far of the Aviva Tour of Britain.

Highlights of the Stage Four from Edinburgh to Blyth will be shown on ITV4 at 8pm on Wednesday 9 September, with a repeat on the same channel at 10:55am on Thursday 10 September. The programme will also be available via ITV’s catch-up service for 30 days.

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