Tour of Britain generates £4million extra spending county-wide

PUBLISHED: 17:00 20 October 2018

Geraint Thomas and Chris Froome at the Tour of Britain in Cranbrook. Ref mhc 36 18TI 0435. Picture: Terry Ife

Geraint Thomas and Chris Froome at the Tour of Britain in Cranbrook. Ref mhc 36 18TI 0435. Picture: Terry Ife

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More than 200,000 people lined the streets of Devon and an extra £4m of spending was generated when the Tour of Britain rolled through the county last month.

Residents packed out town all over Devon as Stage 2 of the race travelled the 175km route from Cranbrook to Barnstaple.

Devon County Council spent £220,000 on bringing the Tour to the region.

Chairman Councillor Caroline Chugg paid tribute to all the staff involved in the organisation of the Devon leg of the Tour of Britain at a full council meeting.

She said: “It’s clear that Devon has really embraced the Tour of Britain judging by the numbers of people who lined the route.

“There were at least 200,000 people who turned out and there was £4m of extra spending generated in the county.

“I’m confident that once the official figures are in it will prove to be one of the most successful Devon stages ever held.”

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