THOUSANDS of people flocked to see some of the world's top cyclists as the Tour of Britain reached its climax on Sunday.

British stars Mark Cavenish and Geraint Thomas both featured, but Cavendish – who was competing his first race after pulling out of the Tour de France – had to withdraw following a crash.

Ledbury was one of the busiest places as the riders took part in an intermediate sprint, which was won by Evald Boasson Hagen of Team Dimension Data.

After leaving Ledbury, the cyclists passed through Tarrington, Stoke Edith, Dormington, Mordiford and Holme Lacy before entering the outskirts of Hereford at Rotherwas.

Another large crowd watched as two groups raced pass before entering the A49.

The riders then turned off at the A466 towards Wormelow and St Weonards before entering the Welsh border on the way to the finish line at Cardiff.

Boasson Hagen's sprint success helped him take the stage win, but it wasn't enough for him to take the overall crown.

That accolade went to Dutchman Lars Boom, who took his second title ahead of Boasson Hagen.

Stefan Kung (BMC) was third.

Thomas was the highest placed British rider in seventh.