Julien Vermote winner of yesterday's stage of the Tour of Britain leads the break-away through Uckfield. Picture by Wayne Sharrocks.

Tour of Britain races through Uckfield

Huge crowds lined Uckfield High Street this lunchtime to see the Tour of Britain race through the town.

Delighted people caught a glimpse of 2012 Tour de France winner, Sir Bradley Wiggins, and top sprinter, the “Manx missile”, Mark Cavendish.

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Sir Bradley Wiggins safely in the peloton turns out of Church Street and into Uckfield High Street. Picture by Wayne Sharrocks.

They were also delighted to see the Yellow Jersey of race leader, Alex Dowsett, perfectly placed near the front of the main field – known as the peloton – as they came through town.

Huge cheers greeted the riders as they shot down the High Street at speeds estimated at 50 to 60mph.

They had come into the town along Church Street and all safely negotiated the sharp right-hand turn into the High Street.

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“Manx missile” Mark Cavendish (third left) race through Uckfield. Picture by Wayne Sharrocks.

After whizzing down the High Street in front of an excited crowd, the riders headed along Framfield Road where Newtown residents were ready to greet them.

Stars of the race were all in the main field which entered Uckfield some minutes behind a breakaway which had established itself early in the day as the 140.8 mile stage left Camberley.

Tour of Britain competitors race down Uckfield High Street. Picture by Sue Kingshott.

Tour of Britain competitors race down Uckfield High Street. Picture by Sue Kingshott.

After Uckfield the race headed south to Beachy Head, along the coast to Seaford and Newhaven, inland once again to Lewes before going along the foot of the South Downs to ascend Ditchling Beacon and into Brighton where the stage ended on Madeira Drive.

*At the end of the stage, Dowsett had lost his lead and dropped to tenth in the general classification. The race is now led by Dylan Van Baarle, of The Netherlands.  Sir Bradley Wiggins is seventh. The stage was won by Julien Vermote. Van Baarle and Vermote were in the breakaway group.

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Look for Sir Bradley Wiggins, Mark Cavendish and race leader at the start of the day Alex Dowsett in our gallery. Click on the pictures to enlarge and scroll through.

See a Guardian report: Tour of Britain heads for thrilling end as Julien Vermote wins stage seven.

See our preview stories:

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