Women's Tour of Britain: 13 brilliant photos of peloton during stage four in Greater Manchester

Thousands of people braved the rain to watch cyclists head through the region

The final stage of the 2024 Women’s Tour of Britain took place in Greater Manchester today. Lotte Kopecky took the overall race victory and Ruby Roseman-Gannon clinched the final stage in a dramatic sprint finish at Leigh.

Rain across the region didn’t put people off, and rider were given a warm show of support as they made their way across the 100km route that started in Manchester. The event got underway from the National Cycling Centre in the city.

Stage winner, Roseman-Gannon, said: “I just can't believe it - the plan today was to really race aggressively and take some seconds back. We had a really good team ride and they were actually smashing that first climb.

“I was actually struggling and then there was full commitment into the next climb and some selections made. We really wanted to get Letizia out there, but unfortunately she got a puncture so it didn't go to plan. I asked whether I should go back, they said no and to focus on the finish. I still can’t believe I have won that - it’s my first European win and I’m still in shock.”

“It’s when you really don't expect it, some races you come in as a leader and you have a lot of pressure, and other races you come in and it all works out. Today I was pretty worried about the rain and I was nervous about crashing and I wasn't really in the right mindset that I was going to win the race, but to win is amazing. Overall it was a great race!”

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