VIDEO: Women’s Tour was a ‘fantastic event’ for Northamptonshire

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Northamptonshire is celebrating the success of the Women’s Tour cycling event held in the county today (Wednesday, May 7).

Stage one of the first-ever Women’s Tour began with the Grand Depart in Oundle at 11am.

Finale of the first stage of the Women's Tour of Britain, in Northampton. Emma Johansson takes the leader's yellow jersey

Finale of the first stage of the Women's Tour of Britain, in Northampton. Emma Johansson takes the leader's yellow jersey

Some of the world’s best cyclists, including Olympic road race champion Marianne Vos, winded their way through the county, with crowds lining the streets in Oundle, Grafton Underwood, Rushton, Desborough and Harrington.

Vos was pipped on the line by Swedish rider Emma Johansson after a bunched sprint finish in Northampton town centre just after 1.30pm.

Hannah Barnes, from Towcester, finished third – picking up jerseys for top British rider and the best young rider.

Deputy leader of Northamptonshire County Council, Cllr Heather Smith, said: “This has been a wonderful day and I’m so proud of everyone involved and all the people who have helped make this event such a success.

Finale of the first stage of the Women's Tour of Britain, in Northampton

Finale of the first stage of the Women's Tour of Britain, in Northampton

“The cyclists did a fantastic job and I would like to congratulate the stage one winner Emma Johansson. I’d also like to say a special well done to our local rider Hannah Barnes who had a great race today.

“A big thank you also to all of the volunteers and to everyone who turned out today to cheer on the cyclists. This is a significant day for women’s cycling and I’m very pleased to see so many people lining the streets to cheer on the race.

“It’s been a fantastic event and I hope that the memory of seeing these world-class athletes in Northamptonshire will inspire many of us to get more active and healthy too.”