CYCLING fans young and old braved mixed weather yesterday to show their support as the Tour of Britain passed through the county.

Residents lined the streets of towns and villages along the route, which began in Alderley Park and passed famous Cheshire landmarks including Capesthorne Hall and Jodrell Bank before heading through Alderley Edge, Holmes Chapel, Wilmslow, Knutsford and High Legh.

Riders were greeted with cheers and applause throughout the 152km race.

In Holmes Chapel, yarn bombers had been busy decorating the village to celebrate the country's biggest cycle ride returning to East Cheshire.

The last time the tour passed through the area was 2016.

Stage five of this year's tour, which finished outside the Golden Gates in Warrington, was eventually won by British rider Ethan Hayter of the INEOS Grenadiers.

Stage six, held today, will see riders travel from Carlisle to Gateshead before they head into Scotland for the final two stages of the tour.