Tour de France: 10 memorable moments from the tour through Essex

Gazette: Tour de France: The riders race through Roxwell Road, Chelmsford Tour de France: The riders race through Roxwell Road, Chelmsford

THE eyes of the world were on Essex as the Tour de France whizzed through the county - welcomed by a mass of noise, colour and excitement.

Here are some of the most memorable moments from the Tour. 

1. People started getting into the spirit of the event early, with many people camping out overnight or getting to their vantage spots early to secure the best place... 

Gazette: John Daniels shows his patriotic side

2. Some people found creative ways to show their support for the best cyclists in the world... 

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3. Before the day even started, arty residents were showing their support... 

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4. Musicians entertained the waiting crowds as the carnival atmosphere built throughout the morning... 

Gazette: David Warren from D'Ukes entertaining the crowds

5. People were sitting on each other’s shoulders, hanging out of their windows or clambering up scaffolding to catch a glimpse of the world’s most famous bike race...

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6. Before the elite riders raced through, there was the excitement of the ‘caravan’ driving along the route - a procession of extravagant sponsor vehicles giving out freebies such as fruit juice, frisbees and hats...

Gazette: People mob the Fruit Shoot float as it travels through Finchingfield

7. As the riders left Cambridge, people were vying for the best position beside the route...

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8. Although some lucky people didn't even have to go outside... 

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9. Then they arrived and the riders were battling through Essex's picturesque streets...

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10. Then, in the blink of an eye and with the roar of the crowd behind them, they were gone and racing towards the London finish line... 

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...Where Marcel Kittel was victorious!

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10:22am Tue 8 Jul 14

Howard Cháse says...

A great day out in the lovely Essex countryside.



Vive le Tour.
A great day out in the lovely Essex countryside. Vive le Tour. Howard Cháse
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11:27am Tue 8 Jul 14

Jack222 says...

And without being a member of the EU it would never have come here.
And without being a member of the EU it would never have come here. Jack222
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12:24pm Tue 8 Jul 14

sKorch says...

Jack222 wrote:
And without being a member of the EU it would never have come here.
Wrong----
Switzerland is not a member of the EU, but hosted the start of the 1982 Tour of France in Basel
[quote][p][bold]Jack222[/bold] wrote: And without being a member of the EU it would never have come here.[/p][/quote]Wrong---- Switzerland is not a member of the EU, but hosted the start of the 1982 Tour of France in Basel sKorch
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12:27pm Tue 8 Jul 14

sKorch says...

sKorch wrote:
Jack222 wrote:
And without being a member of the EU it would never have come here.
Wrong----
Switzerland is not a member of the EU, but hosted the start of the 1982 Tour of France in Basel
And also Monaco hosted the start in 2009 and thats not in the EU......
[quote][p][bold]sKorch[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Jack222[/bold] wrote: And without being a member of the EU it would never have come here.[/p][/quote]Wrong---- Switzerland is not a member of the EU, but hosted the start of the 1982 Tour of France in Basel[/p][/quote]And also Monaco hosted the start in 2009 and thats not in the EU...... sKorch
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12:37pm Tue 8 Jul 14

LiquigasCyclist says...

Marcel Whittle? It's Kittel! Oh boy!
Marcel Whittle? It's Kittel! Oh boy! LiquigasCyclist
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