Huge Crowds Watch Tour Of Britain
Huge crowds once again greated riders from the Tour of Britain cycle race as they completed stage 7 of the race.
Initial conservative estimates suggest there were 50 thousand spectators on the route with 5 thousand assembled at the finish line in Dartmouth.
Plymouth's Johnathan Tiernan-Locke held onto the lead of the Tour of Britain admitting that 'local knowledge', had played its part on the 170 kilomtere stages between Barnstaple and Dartmouth.
The 28-year old extended his advantage at the front of the field by a further five seconds after the gruelling stage which took the riders more than 4 hours to complete.
Knowing every man-hole cover and drainage ditch allowed him and his fellow Endura Racing team mates to pace themselves over three huge hills including 2 on Dartmoor where crowds had slept overnight to make sure they had a great view of the riders.
Sky's Luke Rowe and UkYouth Yanto Barker from Totnes gave their verdicts of the stage after arriving in Dartmouth.
Tiernan-Locke is rumoured to be joining Sky at the end of the year - He could be the first British rider to win the Tour since Chris Lilywhite's Milk Race triumph in 1993.
Below is a video as the riders leave the start line in Barnstaple.