Race brings economic boost

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THE county’s economy received a multi-million pound boost after hosting the biggest professional cycling event in the UK.

Suffolk and Essex, which jointly hosted the penultimate leg of the Tour of Britain, benefited by £2.5 million, according to a report conducted by Ekosgen.

Tens of thousands of people lined the route of the Bury St Edmunds to Colchester race in September to cheer the riders on.

One fifth of spectators stayed overnight to watch the race.

County councillor Rosemary Clarke, portfolio holder for sport, said: “The results from the report are extremely pleasing and reinforce the value of hosting major sporting events in the county. Such events contribute to our ambition to increase levels of physical activity.”