Crowds flock to Pewsey and Burbage to see the Tour of Britain peloton

Written by Photographs by Tony Millett, Neil Goodwin, Peter Davison, Louisa Davison and John Davison.

From left, the breakaway group: Matthias Brandle (AUT) IAM Cycling, Alex Dowsett (GB) Moviestar, and Tom Stewart (GB) Maddison Genesis at BurbageFrom left, the breakaway group: Matthias Brandle (AUT) IAM Cycling, Alex Dowsett (GB) Moviestar, and Tom Stewart (GB) Maddison Genesis at BurbagePewsey residents painted the town red - and yellow, green and blue - for the arrival of the Tour of Britain peloton.

The elite cyclists were lucky enough to pass through the village during carnival fortnight, and the village was looking its most festive.

Last night scores of residents, led by Sue Faux of Faux Arts, helped create a work of art on the road surface near the statue of King Alfred. 

Scores of well-wishers lined the streets to cheer on the cyclists as they raced from Bath to Hemel Hempstead during Stage 6 of the international competition. And a special cheer was reserved for Sir Bradley Wiggins, who was sporting a beard and 'Wiggo' jersey.

Sir Bradley WigginsSir Bradley WigginsCrowds were also lining the streets - or the roundabout, at least - in Burbage.

Most got good views of the breakaway group - Tom Stewart, Alex Dowsett and Stage 5 winner Matthias Brandle - as they made their way around the roundabout.

But the main peloton - containing so many continental riders, and arriving some two minutes behind the leaders - decided to take the roundabout in an anti-clockwise direction, robbing many of a decent view… or photograph.

Luckily Marlborough News Online had three photographers on the scene to ensure we were able to bring you the best shots.

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More pictures from Pewsey

Leaders flash through PewseyLeaders flash through PewseyCav leads the Omega Pharma-Quick Step team through PewseyCav leads the Omega Pharma-Quick Step team through PewseyWiggo wings it through PewseyWiggo wings it through PewseyField sweeps through PewseyField sweeps through PewseyWho's this? A Pacemaker in Pewsey?Who's this? A Pacemaker in Pewsey?The race leaders pass up Pewsey High StreetThe race leaders pass up Pewsey High StreetPewsey's painted bridgePewsey's painted bridgeChildren from St Francis School try to ensure their Union Flag is the right way upChildren from St Francis School try to ensure their Union Flag is the right way up...and as quickly as they arrived, they were gone...and as quickly as they arrived, they were gonepic courtesy of Wiltshire County Councilpic courtesy of Wiltshire County Council

 More pictures from Burbage

Children prepare to welcome the peloton to BurbageChildren prepare to welcome the peloton to BurbagePolice stop the traffic at Burbage roundaboutPolice stop the traffic at Burbage roundaboutMatthias Brandle (AUT) of IAM Cycling, Alex Dowsett (GB) of Moviestar, and Tom Stewart (GB) of Maddison Genesis approach Burbage roundaboutMatthias Brandle (AUT) of IAM Cycling, Alex Dowsett (GB) of Moviestar, and Tom Stewart (GB) of Maddison Genesis approach Burbage roundaboutThe breakaway group circles Burbage roundaboutThe breakaway group circles Burbage roundaboutThe peloton passes through BurbageThe peloton passes through BurbageSir Bradley Wiggins is among the pack as the peloton leaves BurbageSir Bradley Wiggins is among the pack as the peloton leaves Burbage

A video of the Pewsey street art being made, by Pewsey resident Anthony de Souza, can be viewed at www.youtube.com/watch?v=NX63ZtcaLa4&feature=youtu.be

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