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You can't be anything but bd impressed by the way the cotnties
around England have turned over this.
And I'm in Cambridge with it all started with the Grand Depart just
over that we will have all the reaction from the city with cycling
at its very core. photographed village in England and
it is easy to see why. Especially earlier when it was bathed hn
sunlight. There were 10,000 people here watching the Tour de France,
through. Around 1 million pdople watched it across the region and in
this village and they watchdd it from all sorts of vantage point If
you look at the church clock there were people up on top of thd church
tower and they reckon that just before 25 past one today thd first
two raiders came through. Then we waited around for the half linutes
until just before 1:30pm whdn we got the main peloton coming through The
astonishing thing is that the embankment behind me was covered by
people. Everyone was enjoying a great day. One of the great things
about the Tour de France was that everyone got involved. The police
were coming through, those on motorcycles, some of them actually
took their hands off the handlebars as the cycle through so it has been
a great stay here. We will have more of the day's newsletter in the
programme but let's start the coverage in Cambridge. Front row,
splash of colour, everyone lade it. The city looking its best. We think
it was a once in a lifetime opportunity, but it has seeled so
successful they may come back! Cambridge is a great role model for
the other towns in Britain to see what can be achieved. The UK's
cycling capital, a match made in heaven with a British fuel. How did
it go? And should be a straightforward run. Compardd to the
last few days. Receiving a very famous Cambridge sendoff. They will
not start racing until later, then it is 12 miles within Cambrhdgeshire
before this whole road show moves all of the way through to Essex
They can hardly contain thelselves, praying position to greet the pellet
on. We are in the heart of the town, it is hard to believe that
nearly 200 raiders will squdeze in the year. It will be a good race.
The sun is out so this corndr is the best place in town. The crowds and
seemingly, it is the best sport I have ever been to. There we are the
chasing pack known as the pdllet on, the atmosphere is incredibld. ``
peloton. What a view of the action area. So
far, so good. All of the rahders are adding safely at the head ott of
town and into the heart of the Essex countryside. This is how streets
just north of Chelmsford, htndreds converged on the verge having a real
blast. Well, almost. No drop`off in peace for the pros, 19 minutes in.
Here, the main pack, is chilling moment. A moment of great contrast.
For this tiny community, thhs is a camel to is welcome. This h`s been a
good couple of months in thd making, when you start looking this morning
at four o'clock pulling your hair out to work out where an extra
prison with a gazebo goes that is part of the fun! For the organisers
it is about legacy, for the raiders that is about this link. He`ding to
cancel. Two hours and 12 minutes in setting off and now 50 miles into
the stage at the riders are streaming through the usually
tranquil Essex countryside. The tour 's long`awaited arrival will be at
Telstra and has triggered a celebration of cycling. Lots of
people came out, it has been great to meet people, other cyclists, talk
about returns the tour. There was some disappointment because Alex
deficit had not made the totr. He will try to get into the totr next
time. He needs this box tapdd. This is a bigger tour. As locals reclaim
the tour, it continued on its 4 miles to the finish. We havd had a
gloriously hot day as I say, in the skies opened about 20 minutds ago
but let me show you some pictures of the end of the Tour de France. It
went to Chelmsford and then passed the Olympic Park into London and the
winner was Marcel Kittel who won the first stage as well, he is having a
very good Tour de France. It was around three hours 30 minutds and 30
seconds to do the whole course. It was raining in the mall when he got
there. That did not dampen our day`to`day, with the top 22 guys who
have done well. He is, landlord of the fox in. And Frank Tyler, a
restaurant. Any idea how much business you have done? It has been
a weeks business in a day. 400 copies for breakfast. And wd ran out
of taken, 400 bands in. Excdllent. And you have special deals with
celebratory packages and evdrything? , we had a marquee on the green
which is still going on, but the also had 80 people within the pub
who had a champagne breakfast and a four course lunch. We have sold a
lot of beer and wine have h`ve had a great day. A lot of beer behng
dumped out your! And my feet are a little sore now. I brought hn extra
staff, my children came in. Apart from the business, when you looked
out, this is a place that you do come to every day. What was your
reaction? I have lived in 18 years and we thought, what will it be
like? It was so friendly. Stch nice people. They queued all day and got
their drinks and said thank you and it was great. It was fantastic. It
made us all immensely proud of the village, it was lovely. A lovely
day. Thank you for coming ott this evening in the rain. I hope that
cries out for the celebrations. I was here at 7am this morning and the
crowds were already beginning to gather. By the time of the start
there were tens of thousands of people lining the small strdets
around here. It's been a terrific day and Parkers piece here hn the
centre of Cambridge is wherd all the partying has taken place today.
Things are being cleaned up now but you can see the tents behind me
That was the village city, encouraging more people to get on
their bikes. You can still smell the cooking of French food in the market
here. It's been a terrific day. As dawn broke over Cambridgd the
UK's capital of cycling was preparing to host the biggest race
of them all. How long have xou been here? From 6:15am. Just abott two
hours. And you're right on the start line, that's amazing. How excited
are you? Very excited. A fl`vour of France in the centre of Cambridge. A
party was starting on the green and everyone was invited. I just saw you
through the crowd with this bike. Tell me about it. I needed to answer
the question, can I ride a Penny Farthing. So I decided to btild one.
This was Regent Street, packed by about six deep in places. Others
found a way to avoid the crowds Flags, cameras and mobile phones
were at the ready. This is the moment we've all been waiting for.
The well's a lead cyclists whizzing past.
It's really exciting to be here in the middle of it
We were expecting crowds and a lot of people but this is absolttely
packed. Everyone has moved on to watch the rest of the race on the
big screen. What was it likd? Absolutely brilliant. Peopld
shouting. Motorbikes. It was really magnificent. It was a great
atmosphere wasn't it? This hs a birds eye view of the city. On the
ground there was real optimhsm that it had been great for busindss. I
took hundreds of pounds of additional income for the pdople.
People were spending their loney with a happy smile on their face. A
day that had been planned for months. A race that had been gone in
a matter of seconds. The many memories will last much longer. And
joined now by attorney. It's been amazing has Nick? Tremendous, a real
party. You seconds to get through. We waited
for hours, but it was worth it. We'll be back here later in the
programme. First let's We'll be back here later in the
programme. First up the rest of the day 's news.
The aid for 21 which runs from Milton Keynes to the M1. Single lane
and often congested. It's now going to be duelled. A planned hotsing
development near Wellingborough held up because a bridge nedds to be
built over the railway line. Now it will be built. A new campus for
Northampton College. Just three of the projects getting funding today
which according to the government and local business leaders will help
the economy to grow. This investment allows us to deliver thousands more
jobs, significant numbers of homes and it will also help us to grow our
economy significantly. Some of the money will help
out of superfast broadband. There will also be extra cash for the
Cambridge biomedical campus, and loans for small companies which want
to expand. Today the Local Government Secretary was th`t one
search ` one such company to trumpet the amount of money going into the
local area. It's going to do all kinds of things with regards to
transport links, housing links, getting new things moving. The best
part of it is it's being done in partnership with local people.
That's an important developlent Local business groups deciddd where
this investment should go. When we had the old regional governlent
agency, Hertfordshire tended to get forgotten. What we've seen today is
the local enterprise partnership for Hertfordshire has done a fantastic
job in saying this is what the county needs.
A man has been arrested on suspicion of rape following an attack
on a woman at her home near Milton Keynes.
It happened on Saturday near the town of Olney.
One raped the woman, who's in her 50s, while the other
A court has ordered more th`n ?20,000 be paid in fines
and costs after a teenager was thrown from ` new
The incident happened at Knebworth Park in August 2009.
It left a 15`year`old with life`threatening injuries.
Serious defects on the ride had not been identhfied.
Four people, including the ride manufacturer, were found guhlty
Now, more than 300,000 Formtla One fans visited Silverstone yesterday
The race was won by the Stevenage driver Lewis Hamilton.
When the Formula One bandwagon comes to Silverstone, it does not travel
lightly ` motorhomes, movie stars and big, big crowds
Whilst tens of thousands come to Silverstone
on foot or by car, in actual fact it is the heliport behind me which
really demonstrates the sizd and scale of the British Grand Prix
In effect, it becomes the world s busiest airport when Silverstone
We have up 180 helicopters hn and out all day long.
It's about, in total, 800 movements in one day and we have
Silverstone's future was in doubt a few years back
but now the sport's boss has become its biggest supporter.
When I used to come here long ago it was a tip.
In the space of four days the control centre here monitors the
A 21 century nerve centre for one of the most watched sporting
We control everything in here, from traffic
between the motorways for about a 15 mile radius, we've got the highways
operating in here, the ambulance ` all the blue lights, basically.
The question on the track was whether Stdvenage's
Lewis Hamilton could win from as far back as sixth on the grid.
The race had to be restarted after an initial crash.
Hamilton, though, kept his cool when teammate and rival Nico Rosberg
It gave Hamilton the lead, which he cherished to the chequered flag
Coming into this weekend, but also when I started the race,
I really had my eyes set on getting that win for the fans.
I could see the fans as I w`s going through the different compldxes
What difference does it makd have a British winner
I've never been before so it's a first experience for me.
50th anniversary and a Brithsh winner.
No better way to celebrate 40 years of Formula One at Silverstone.
A record breaking fine for Network Rail is being used to
improve wi`fi services on commuter routes into London.
Services on the East Coast mainline and Greater
Network Rail is facing a ?50 million fine for poor punctuality c`used by
But it's time now to go back to Stewart in the village
Fans of the tour started arriving in the village at 4am and buying nine,
it was busy. A big day for local traders and for the many cycling
clubs who had come to watch. This club had come from Luton. Wd thought
this was a night spot ` nicd spot because they sell bacon rolls. We go
out on a Saturday and we ard known as the bacon roll is becausd there
must be a bacon roll involvdd somewhere before we go home. There
was Morris dancing, kids wrhting on the road and vans selling Tour de
France merchandise. From thd air, flinching field looked a picture.
Steve and Eve Graham own a house at the top of the village and had one
of the best seats in the hotse. You are on the beer. Of course! It's
only 11am. That's late for ts. Look at this, it's superb. It cale
through flinching field just after 1pm. After a long wait, herd comes
the pellet on. Team Sky well up the front, it's hard to see much. Very
exciting. Absolutely excelldnt, it flashed by in ten to 20 seconds
crowd jeering. Let's speak to the parish council
chairman. You've lived here all your life. Have you seen a day lhke
this? Quite extraordinary, we were up early and the atmosphere was
electric. It's been a great thrill and it was a huge success for
everybody. I've talked to loads of people and it's put us back on the
map. It is the most photogr`phed village in the country, but it
looked a picture today. It looked fantastic. Fantastic day for the
village, a great day for evdryone here, visitors and residents, and
hopefully successful for thd businesses. A wonderful famhly
atmosphere all day. We've h`d a great day as well. Let's go back to
Cambridge. Thousands of people were in
Cambridge today and nearly `ll of them either had a tablet or a mobile
phone ready to capture the loment the pellet on whizzed past. Many of
you were sharing your storids and your pictures.
We had this stunning picturd sent to us of the riders going past Kings
College in Cambridge. Here's a selection of the best of thd rest.
Thank you to all of you who got in touch to help us record this very
special day. For me it was best summed up by this family from
Suffolk who simply said it's been a great party.
Right, the sun hasn't come out, but at least the rain has stoppdd.
That's part of the It could be 2425 Celsius. Those are
your overnight lows. Today H've seen people watching the Tour de France
standing on the back of trahlers so who they can see over the hdads of
people in front. I've seen people on a flatbed truck, they've bedn
hanging out of windows. The organisers said they wanted this
region to be shown in a verx special light. The sun shone, the rhders
came and this region looked a picture. From all of us, good night.