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THE grand fi­nale of the OVO Women’s Tour was a re­sound­ing success, with thou­sands lin­ing the route to cheer the cy­clists on their 79-mile race through Car­marthen­shire.

Car­marthen­shire Coun­cil, which hosted the race, has thanked all com­mu­ni­ties, busi­nesses, vol­un­teers and spec­ta­tors, as well as event staff, se­cu­rity, mar­shalls and emer­gency ser­vices, for help­ing to make it a spe­cial day for the county.

Stage six of the race saw the best fe­male cy­clists in the world com­pet­ing in a se­ries of sprints, moun­tain climbs and de­scents through some of Car­marthen­shire’s most breath­tak­ing land­scape, start­ing at the his­toric Car­marthen Velo­drome, cross­ing the Black Moun­tains and end­ing at the Closed Road Cir­cuit at Pem­brey Coun­try Park.

Com­mu­ni­ties came out in force to pro­vide a car­ni­val at­mos­phere, with many putting on their own events and fam­ily ac­tiv­i­ties. The race was won by Lizzie Deignan.

Coun­cil­lor Em­lyn Dole, the leader of Car­marthen­shire Coun­cil, said: “It has been our plea­sure to host the grand fi­nale of the OVO En­ergy Women’s Tour here in Car­marthen­shire, just months af­ter hosted the grand depart of the OVO En­ergy Tour of Bri­tain in Septem­ber.

“This is a unique op­por­tu­nity for us to show­case our stun­ning land­scape and scenery, which I know has pro­vided one of the most chal­leng­ing stages for the cy­clists in this year’s Tour, but has taken in some of our most breath­tak­ing moun­tains, val­leys and of course our won­der­ful com­mu­ni­ties.

“Host­ing ma­jor events like this is so im­por­tant for Car­marthen­shire, both in terms of its econ­omy, and in seal­ing its grow­ing rep­u­ta­tion as a player on an in­ter­na­tional stage.

“I am proud of my team at Car­marthen­shire Coun­cil who have worked so hard along­side SweetSpot Group to bring the tour to Car­marthen­shire, but also the sup­port of peo­ple and busi­nesses who have cre­ated a fan­tas­tic at­mos­phere and given a warm Welsh wel­come to ev­ery­one who has come to en­joy the day with us.”

Coun­cil­lor Peter Hughes Griffiths, the coun­cil’s ex­ec­u­tive board mem­ber for cul­ture, sport and tourism, said: “As a lo­cal au­thor­ity, we are proud of our sig­nif­i­cant in­vest­ment in fa­cil­i­ties and in­fras­truc­ture to sup­port the grow­ing cy­cling en­thu­si­asm that we’re work­ing so hard to build.

“We are par­tic­u­larly proud of Manon Lloyd (Drops), who is from Car­marthen­shire and who started her cy­cling ca­reer with Towy Rid­ers in Car­marthen. It must have been a fan­tas­tic feel­ing for her to com­pete with the best in the world on home soil and I hope she felt the strength of the crowd be­hind her.”

Deignan’s de­light: sport

Pictures: Si­mon Cooper

Amy Pi­eters cel­e­brates win­ning the fi­nal of the OVO En­ergy Women’s Tour as she crosses the finish line at Pem­brey Coun­try Park.

The pelo­ton passes through Beth­le­hem.

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