Tour of Britain passes (briefly) through Woodbridge

Bradley Wiggins leads the peleton down Sandy Lane, Woodbridge

The Tour of England was scheduled to pass through Woodbridge twenty-odd minutes after its start in Ipswich. So I waited at the bottom of Sandy Lane and took a photo of the peleton as it turns into Ipswich Road.

And who is that handsome chap with the blue and turquoise helmet, the yellow goggles and the sideburns? Yes – him right in the foreground, leading the peleton into Woodbridge? Its Olympic gold and Tour de France winner, Bradley Wiggins! (I think Mark Cavendish is at his shoulder but don’t quote me).

I must point out that great thanks are due to the overstretched SCC Eastern Area Highways Team (and in particular, one nameless individual who fielded an anxious email and phonecall from me, went out himself to take a look and then dealt with things on the spot). Although scheduled repairs had been delayed until November,  they ensured that a lastminute repair was made to Market Square potholes just where the peleton swooped round. This prevented Woodbridge from the embarrassment of unseating  any of our Olympic heroes in the first hour of the race!