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Sun shone on crowds who welcomed Tour de Yorkshire riders through valley

Crowds gathered to watch the race in Hebden Bridge
Crowds gathered to watch the race in Hebden Bridge

Hebden Bridge was busier than usual this Sunday, as cycling fans flocked to the town for the final stages of the Tour De Yorkshire 2018.

The race began at the Piece Hall in Halifax, reaching Hebden at 12.35pm, where the cyclists were cheered on by roaring crowds, lined up all the way up the steep hill.

WATCH: Stunning scenes as Halifax sees the Tour de Yorkshire 2018 riders off in style at the Piece Hall
Keen bikers Max, Alistair and Garlon cycled all the way from Manchester to be in the Hebden Bridge crowd.

“It’s a good vibe. It’s good to see all the crowds and to feel the buzz of it,” said Max.

Alistair said, “It’s nice to see the Tour -the profile is getting higher and higher every year.”

Read: Piece Hall shines bright at start of final stage of Tour de Yorkshire
Four-month-old baby Alice came to the town for her first Tour De Yorkshire.

Dad David reckons she could be a keen cyclist when she’s older. David said: “She’s got the legs for it!”

Billy Fletcher, general manager of The White Lion says Hebden thrives off community events.

Billy said: “The Tour de Yorkshire coming through has made people really excited.

"It’s a very positive vibe, everybody’s in good spirits and the sun’s out so it’s really good.”

The course went on to Haworth, Skipton and Otley before finishing in Leeds at 5.27pm. Belgian Olympic Champion Greg Van Avermaet was crowned the winner of this year's Tour De Yorkshire.

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