SOME of the world's best cyclists sped through crowd-lined streets in Oxfordshire for the Tour of Britain.

Riders whizzed through the county today on day seven of the major cycling event, which sees participants tackle 186km from Hemel Hempstead to Cheltenham. 

The peloton passed through Horton-cum-Studley, Islip, Bletchingdon, Wootton, Charlbury and the Wychwoods, before moving onto Gloucestershire and the finish line. 

Spectators gathered to watch this afternoon as the race made its way into Charlbury. 

Scores of cyclists arrived in the town at about 1.30pm, just as the rain started pelting down.  

Police officers attending the event seemed impressed with the Charlbury crowds.

There were rolling road closures while the competitors - including big sporting names such as Mark Cavendish - passed through. 

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Above: route map for stage seven of the Tour of Britain

According to its roadworks map, Oxfordshire County Council allocated an estimated time slot of 11.30am-1.30pm for closures in the county. 

A full list of affected roads is available on the Beckley and Stowood Parish Council website.

Organisers are running a live blog of the race throughout the day. 

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