The Sportsbreaks.com Tour Series drew the crowds into Clacton town centre for round five on Thursday night.

People lined the 1.4km route around the town centre to enjoy the spectacle, before thrilling finishes in both the men’s and women’s races as the athletes crossed the line on Marine Parade East.

Sammie Stuart (Team Brother UK – LDN) and Matt Bostock (Wiv SunGod) took the individual victories in glorious sunshine as the team prizes on the night went to Team Spectra Wiggle p/b Vitus and Wiv SunGod.

Thousands more watched a live stream of the action, while TV highlights of the event are being shown tonight (Friday, 20 May) on ITV 4 at 7pm.

Alex Porter, Tendring District Council Cabinet Member for Leisure and Tourism, said: “It was wonderful to see so many people out around the route, especially in the town centre, to soak up the atmosphere and enjoy the event.

“I was also pleased to see businesses open making the most of the crowds, and that is precisely why we worked with the Tour Series organisers to bring this event to the town centre – to not only put on a spectacle for residents and visitors, but also draw people in to support local firms.

“It really was a thrilling evening, and a great addition to our bumper events programme here in Tendring.”

There is a long history of cycle events coming to Clacton, with the town previously hosting stages of both the Tour of Britain and the Women’s Tour; the latter of which is passing through Manningtree on Monday 6 June, as the peloton rides from Colchester to Bury St Edmunds.

Mick Bennett, Sportsbreaks.com Tour Series race director, said: “Clacton is always such as a great venue and the crowds certainly didn’t let us down last night.

“Plenty of riders commented after the racing on what a top atmosphere there was, and the mix of seafront and town made for a brilliant backdrop for the event.”

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