Thousands of people came out to line the streets as riders, including Tour de France heroes Chris Froome and Geraint Thomas, sped through the streets of many of the districts communities. Mitchelton-Scotts Cameron Meyer was the winner of the stage, which finished in Barnstaple after taking in swathes of North Devon. The Australian was part of a breakaway that left the main group in the opening 15 kilometres. After starting in Cranbrook in East Devon, riders made their way into North Devon through Nomansland and Witheridge. A raucous reception greeted the breakaway group of six as it made its way into South Molton with Team Madison Gensis Erick Rowsell leading the front runners into the towns Pannier Market to make tour history. Wiggins Matthew Teggart was the first to race through the sprint at Landkey before the breakaway group were greeted by large crowds along Newport Road and Victoria Road before heading up Constitution Hill. Team Dimension Datas Scott Davies had the best of North Devons brutal climbs at Bratton Fleming and Challacombe Hill, with riders battling the elements through Combe Martin, Ilfracombe and Woolacombe in between. But it was Meyer who was the strongest as the riders headed back to Barnstaple, crossing the line after 4hrs, 14mins and 46secs. In Ilfracombe, the tour passed by a giant bicycle put together by plastic free campaigners. Mayor of Barnstaple, Ian Roome, said: Absolutely fantastic day for Barnstaple, bringing crowds in from all over Devon and beyond. Its put Barnstaple on the map. I think we need to do this again in Barnstaple, it was absolutely phenomenal to see the crowds out and people having fun. What an atmosphere along the Strand, with the crowds banging the boards and cheering the cyclists on. Im sure all those riders that took part thought, well Barnstaple is a welcoming place.