Up to 250,000 people turn out to watch the Devon Stage of the Tour of Britain

Posted on: 12 September 2016

This year’s Devon Stage of the Tour of Britain could prove to be one of the most successful.

On Friday 9 September 20 Teams and around 120 Riders raced through Devon’s towns and villages from Sidmouth to Haytor.

This was the ninth time Devon County Council had hosted a stage since the race was re-introduced in 2005.

This year the event was supported by Teignbridge District Council, East Devon District Council, Sidmouth Town Council and Dartmoor National Park.

Independent estimates concluded that both of the two previous Devon Stages, in 2013 and 2014, each boosted the region’s economy by around £6m of extra spending in the county.

This equated to around £30 generated for the economy for every £1 spent.

Councillor Stuart Hughes, Devon County Council Cabinet Member for stuart-hughesHighways, said: “It was marvellous to see so many people turn out for the ninth Devon stage in the 12 years since the Tour was reintroduced.

“In Sidmouth alone more than 20,000 spectators witnessed Olympic medallists like Viviani, Wiggins and Cavendish start the stage,  and communities along the route including Ottery St Mary, Honiton, Willand, Tiverton, Crediton, Moretonhampstead, Chudleigh and Bovey Tracey were packed with spectators.

“In 2014 more than 230,000 people watched along the route, and I’m sure we must have topped that – probably more than a quarter of a million turned out.

“We got to see Woet Poels win the stage and an overall British winner in Steve Cummings and with an Indian Summer expected in Devon this week thousands of visitors and millions of people around the world watching on TV got to see Devon at its best.

“I’m confident that once all the figures have been totted up 2016 will prove to be one of the most successful and popular Devon Stages ever held.”

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