STAGE Four of the Women's Tour saw the cyclists make the 90-mile trip from Wrexham to Welshpool today (Thursday, June 9).

The Leader was on hand to report live from the scene as riders set off from Queen Street aT 11am.

Wrexham and Welshpool played host to a key stage of the Women’s Tour this year as the UCI Women’s WorldTour event visits both venues for the first time.

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Over 100 of the world’s top riders lined-up at the starting line in Wrexham before making their way down through the heart of mid-Wales.

From Wrexham, riders headed down through the B5097 Ffordd Bronwylfa before passing Chirk, Llangedwyn and Hirnant Bank.

They then proceeded onto Bryn-y-Fedwen before arriving on Broad Street, Welshpool for around 3pm.

Among the favourites heading into stage four was Lorena Wiebes (Team DSM) who wore the yellow jersey and held a gap of 13 seconds over Sofia Bertizzolo (UAE Team ADQ).

However, it was Grace Brown who eventually crossed the finish line as the winner of stage four in Welshpool.

Wrexham's involvement in the Women's Tour 2022 was thanks to in principle support from the Welsh Government, who have twice before backed stages of the race in 2018 and 2019.

Wrexham last hosted elite cycling when the opening stage of the men’s Tour of Britain finished in the town in 2015, with this year’s stage aimed at playing a part in supporting Wrexham’s bid to be crowned UK City of Culture 2025.