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You can't be anything but bd impressed by the way the cotnties

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around England have turned over this.

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And I'm in Cambridge with it all started with the Grand Depart just

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over that we will have all the reaction from the city with cycling

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at its very core. photographed village in England and

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it is easy to see why. Especially earlier when it was bathed hn

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sunlight. There were 10,000 people here watching the Tour de France,

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through. Around 1 million pdople watched it across the region and in

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this village and they watchdd it from all sorts of vantage point If

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you look at the church clock there were people up on top of thd church

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tower and they reckon that just before 25 past one today thd first

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two raiders came through. Then we waited around for the half linutes

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until just before 1:30pm whdn we got the main peloton coming through The

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astonishing thing is that the embankment behind me was covered by

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people. Everyone was enjoying a great day. One of the great things

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about the Tour de France was that everyone got involved. The police

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were coming through, those on motorcycles, some of them actually

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took their hands off the handlebars as the cycle through so it has been

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a great stay here. We will have more of the day's newsletter in the

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programme but let's start the coverage in Cambridge. Front row,

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splash of colour, everyone lade it. The city looking its best. We think

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it was a once in a lifetime opportunity, but it has seeled so

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successful they may come back! Cambridge is a great role model for

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the other towns in Britain to see what can be achieved. The UK's

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cycling capital, a match made in heaven with a British fuel. How did

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it go? And should be a straightforward run. Compardd to the

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last few days. Receiving a very famous Cambridge sendoff. They will

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not start racing until later, then it is 12 miles within Cambrhdgeshire

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before this whole road show moves all of the way through to Essex

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They can hardly contain thelselves, praying position to greet the pellet

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on. We are in the heart of the town, it is hard to believe that

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nearly 200 raiders will squdeze in the year. It will be a good race.

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The sun is out so this corndr is the best place in town. The crowds and

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seemingly, it is the best sport I have ever been to. There we are the

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chasing pack known as the pdllet on, the atmosphere is incredibld. ``

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peloton. What a view of the action area. So

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far, so good. All of the rahders are adding safely at the head ott of

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town and into the heart of the Essex countryside. This is how streets

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just north of Chelmsford, htndreds converged on the verge having a real

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blast. Well, almost. No drop`off in peace for the pros, 19 minutes in.

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Here, the main pack, is chilling moment. A moment of great contrast.

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For this tiny community, thhs is a camel to is welcome. This h`s been a

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good couple of months in thd making, when you start looking this morning

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at four o'clock pulling your hair out to work out where an extra

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prison with a gazebo goes that is part of the fun! For the organisers

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it is about legacy, for the raiders that is about this link. He`ding to

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cancel. Two hours and 12 minutes in setting off and now 50 miles into

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the stage at the riders are streaming through the usually

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tranquil Essex countryside. The tour 's long`awaited arrival will be at

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Telstra and has triggered a celebration of cycling. Lots of

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people came out, it has been great to meet people, other cyclists, talk

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about returns the tour. There was some disappointment because Alex

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deficit had not made the totr. He will try to get into the totr next

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time. He needs this box tapdd. This is a bigger tour. As locals reclaim

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the tour, it continued on its 4 miles to the finish. We havd had a

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gloriously hot day as I say, in the skies opened about 20 minutds ago

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but let me show you some pictures of the end of the Tour de France. It

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went to Chelmsford and then passed the Olympic Park into London and the

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winner was Marcel Kittel who won the first stage as well, he is having a

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very good Tour de France. It was around three hours 30 minutds and 30

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seconds to do the whole course. It was raining in the mall when he got

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there. That did not dampen our day`to`day, with the top 22 guys who

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have done well. He is, landlord of the fox in. And Frank Tyler, a

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restaurant. Any idea how much business you have done? It has been

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a weeks business in a day. 400 copies for breakfast. And wd ran out

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of taken, 400 bands in. Excdllent. And you have special deals with

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celebratory packages and evdrything? , we had a marquee on the green

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which is still going on, but the also had 80 people within the pub

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who had a champagne breakfast and a four course lunch. We have sold a

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lot of beer and wine have h`ve had a great day. A lot of beer behng

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dumped out your! And my feet are a little sore now. I brought hn extra

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staff, my children came in. Apart from the business, when you looked

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out, this is a place that you do come to every day. What was your

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reaction? I have lived in 18 years and we thought, what will it be

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like? It was so friendly. Stch nice people. They queued all day and got

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their drinks and said thank you and it was great. It was fantastic. It

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made us all immensely proud of the village, it was lovely. A lovely

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day. Thank you for coming ott this evening in the rain. I hope that

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cries out for the celebrations. I was here at 7am this morning and the

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crowds were already beginning to gather. By the time of the start

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there were tens of thousands of people lining the small strdets

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around here. It's been a terrific day and Parkers piece here hn the

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centre of Cambridge is wherd all the partying has taken place today.

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Things are being cleaned up now but you can see the tents behind me

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That was the village city, encouraging more people to get on

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their bikes. You can still smell the cooking of French food in the market

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here. It's been a terrific day. As dawn broke over Cambridgd the

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UK's capital of cycling was preparing to host the biggest race

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of them all. How long have xou been here? From 6:15am. Just abott two

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hours. And you're right on the start line, that's amazing. How excited

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are you? Very excited. A fl`vour of France in the centre of Cambridge. A

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party was starting on the green and everyone was invited. I just saw you

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through the crowd with this bike. Tell me about it. I needed to answer

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the question, can I ride a Penny Farthing. So I decided to btild one.

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This was Regent Street, packed by about six deep in places. Others

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found a way to avoid the crowds Flags, cameras and mobile phones

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were at the ready. This is the moment we've all been waiting for.

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The well's a lead cyclists whizzing past.

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It's really exciting to be here in the middle of it

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We were expecting crowds and a lot of people but this is absolttely

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packed. Everyone has moved on to watch the rest of the race on the

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big screen. What was it likd? Absolutely brilliant. Peopld

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shouting. Motorbikes. It was really magnificent. It was a great

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atmosphere wasn't it? This hs a birds eye view of the city. On the

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ground there was real optimhsm that it had been great for busindss. I

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took hundreds of pounds of additional income for the pdople.

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People were spending their loney with a happy smile on their face. A

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day that had been planned for months. A race that had been gone in

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a matter of seconds. The many memories will last much longer. And

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joined now by attorney. It's been amazing has Nick? Tremendous, a real

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party. You seconds to get through. We waited

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for hours, but it was worth it. We'll be back here later in the

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programme. First let's We'll be back here later in the

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programme. First up the rest of the day 's news.

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The aid for 21 which runs from Milton Keynes to the M1. Single lane

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and often congested. It's now going to be duelled. A planned hotsing

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development near Wellingborough held up because a bridge nedds to be

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built over the railway line. Now it will be built. A new campus for

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Northampton College. Just three of the projects getting funding today

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which according to the government and local business leaders will help

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the economy to grow. This investment allows us to deliver thousands more

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jobs, significant numbers of homes and it will also help us to grow our

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economy significantly. Some of the money will help

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out of superfast broadband. There will also be extra cash for the

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Cambridge biomedical campus, and loans for small companies which want

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to expand. Today the Local Government Secretary was th`t one

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search ` one such company to trumpet the amount of money going into the

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local area. It's going to do all kinds of things with regards to

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transport links, housing links, getting new things moving. The best

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part of it is it's being done in partnership with local people.

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That's an important developlent Local business groups deciddd where

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this investment should go. When we had the old regional governlent

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agency, Hertfordshire tended to get forgotten. What we've seen today is

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the local enterprise partnership for Hertfordshire has done a fantastic

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job in saying this is what the county needs.

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A man has been arrested on suspicion of rape following an attack

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on a woman at her home near Milton Keynes.

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It happened on Saturday near the town of Olney.

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One raped the woman, who's in her 50s, while the other

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A court has ordered more th`n ?20,000 be paid in fines

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and costs after a teenager was thrown from ` new

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The incident happened at Knebworth Park in August 2009.

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It left a 15`year`old with life`threatening injuries.

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Serious defects on the ride had not been identhfied.

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Four people, including the ride manufacturer, were found guhlty

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Now, more than 300,000 Formtla One fans visited Silverstone yesterday

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The race was won by the Stevenage driver Lewis Hamilton.

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When the Formula One bandwagon comes to Silverstone, it does not travel

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lightly ` motorhomes, movie stars and big, big crowds

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Whilst tens of thousands come to Silverstone

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on foot or by car, in actual fact it is the heliport behind me which

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really demonstrates the sizd and scale of the British Grand Prix

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In effect, it becomes the world s busiest airport when Silverstone

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We have up 180 helicopters hn and out all day long.

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It's about, in total, 800 movements in one day and we have

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Silverstone's future was in doubt a few years back

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but now the sport's boss has become its biggest supporter.

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When I used to come here long ago it was a tip.

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In the space of four days the control centre here monitors the

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A 21 century nerve centre for one of the most watched sporting

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We control everything in here, from traffic

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between the motorways for about a 15 mile radius, we've got the highways

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operating in here, the ambulance ` all the blue lights, basically.

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The question on the track was whether Stdvenage's

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Lewis Hamilton could win from as far back as sixth on the grid.

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The race had to be restarted after an initial crash.

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Hamilton, though, kept his cool when teammate and rival Nico Rosberg

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It gave Hamilton the lead, which he cherished to the chequered flag

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Coming into this weekend, but also when I started the race,

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I really had my eyes set on getting that win for the fans.

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I could see the fans as I w`s going through the different compldxes

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What difference does it makd have a British winner

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I've never been before so it's a first experience for me.

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50th anniversary and a Brithsh winner.

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No better way to celebrate 40 years of Formula One at Silverstone.

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A record breaking fine for Network Rail is being used to

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improve wi`fi services on commuter routes into London.

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Services on the East Coast mainline and Greater

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Network Rail is facing a ?50 million fine for poor punctuality c`used by

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But it's time now to go back to Stewart in the village

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Fans of the tour started arriving in the village at 4am and buying nine,

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it was busy. A big day for local traders and for the many cycling

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clubs who had come to watch. This club had come from Luton. Wd thought

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this was a night spot ` nicd spot because they sell bacon rolls. We go

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out on a Saturday and we ard known as the bacon roll is becausd there

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must be a bacon roll involvdd somewhere before we go home. There

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was Morris dancing, kids wrhting on the road and vans selling Tour de

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France merchandise. From thd air, flinching field looked a picture.

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Steve and Eve Graham own a house at the top of the village and had one

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of the best seats in the hotse. You are on the beer. Of course! It's

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only 11am. That's late for ts. Look at this, it's superb. It cale

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through flinching field just after 1pm. After a long wait, herd comes

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the pellet on. Team Sky well up the front, it's hard to see much. Very

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exciting. Absolutely excelldnt, it flashed by in ten to 20 seconds

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crowd jeering. Let's speak to the parish council

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chairman. You've lived here all your life. Have you seen a day lhke

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this? Quite extraordinary, we were up early and the atmosphere was

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electric. It's been a great thrill and it was a huge success for

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everybody. I've talked to loads of people and it's put us back on the

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map. It is the most photogr`phed village in the country, but it

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looked a picture today. It looked fantastic. Fantastic day for the

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village, a great day for evdryone here, visitors and residents, and

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hopefully successful for thd businesses. A wonderful famhly

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atmosphere all day. We've h`d a great day as well. Let's go back to

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Cambridge. Thousands of people were in

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Cambridge today and nearly `ll of them either had a tablet or a mobile

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phone ready to capture the loment the pellet on whizzed past. Many of

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you were sharing your storids and your pictures.

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We had this stunning picturd sent to us of the riders going past Kings

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College in Cambridge. Here's a selection of the best of thd rest.

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Thank you to all of you who got in touch to help us record this very

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special day. For me it was best summed up by this family from

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Suffolk who simply said it's been a great party.

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Right, the sun hasn't come out, but at least the rain has stoppdd.

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That's part of the It could be 2425 Celsius. Those are

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your overnight lows. Today H've seen people watching the Tour de France

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standing on the back of trahlers so who they can see over the hdads of

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people in front. I've seen people on a flatbed truck, they've bedn

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hanging out of windows. The organisers said they wanted this

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region to be shown in a verx special light. The sun shone, the rhders

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came and this region looked a picture. From all of us, good night.

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