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Sunday, September 9, 2012
Youngsters waved carefully crafted banners for their Olympic hero Bradley Wiggins as the Tour of Britain flashed through Great Yarmouth.
Hundreds lined Marine Parade to catch a glimpse of top cyclists including gold-medallist Wiggo and the Manx missile Mark Cavendish this afternoon.
And after a stream of police motorbikes zoomed past Britannia Pier, a breakaway group of four shot past with the main peloton more than a minute behind - just before 1pm.
The Holloway family, who own Sandcastles guest house in Great Yarmouth, were among those out to see the peloton whizz past.
And mum Joanne revealed younger members of the family have been talking of nothing else for days.
For little Toby, aged seven, worked with his grandmother and little sister Emily, three, to make a huge ‘go Wiggo go’ banner on an old bedsheet.
He said: “I’m cheering on Bradley Wiggins as I liked watching him at the Olympics.
“I’m quite excited and can’t wait to wave it.”
Becky Brown, of Gorleston, bagged a prime spot by Britannia Pier with her three children Michael, Francesca and Elliot.
The 34-year-old nurse said: “We missed it last year but after the Olympics we thought we would come and cheer them on.
“Michael was pretty much glued to the screen for the cycling.
“We decided to enjoy the sunshine and wait on a bend so they might slow up a little bit.”
Nine-year-old Michael added: “I’ve been really looking forward to it.”
IT worker Chris Pike made the journey from Lowestoft to see the sprint stage at Yarmouth, after catching the cycling bug after Wiggins was crowned winner of the Tour de France.
“I’d never been to anything like this before and didn’t know what to expect,” he said. “We just wanted to be part of it.”
For videos of the peloton and more of the action, see www.edp24.co.uk/news/tour-of-britain-2012/live-coverage