Tour of Britain flies through campus

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STAFF at the Cheshire campus had prime position when the Tour of Britain came through Cheshire on Tuesday.

The tour, which is the biggest event organised by British Cycling each year, gives the sport’s most elite cyclists the opportunity to race against each other.

Tuesday’s event was the third stage and started in Congleton before finishing in the grand surroundings of Knutsford’s Tatton Park. It was the first time that Cheshire East had hosted a stage of the event.

The cyclists covered 179.4 kilometers in total, and climbed 2,146. The eventual stage winner was Team Sky’s Ian Stannard, who finished more than six minutes ahead of the main peloton.

Professor Neil Fowler, Head of Exercise and Sport Science, said: “In 2012 the Cheshire Campus was host to a stage of the Olympic Torch Relay and saw the streets outside lined with well-wishers cheering the Torch along its journey. That spirit and excitement were rekindled on Tuesday as many staff took the opportunity to see the riders of the Tour of Britain race down the same stretch of read.

“Members of Manchester Met staff were able to catch glimpse of many famous riders including Team GB favourites Bradley Wiggins and Mark Cavendish. An inspiring event and one that drew together and united staff from across all areas of the campus and created a talking point as they returned to their normal routine.”