Tuesday, July 08, 2014

Tour de France Le Grand Départ 2014

I was fortunate to play a part in joining fellow Tour Makers and Team London Ambassadors in delivering what was described by Tour de France director Christian Prudhomme as the "grandest Grand Départ." 

Stage 3 saw the riders pass through Cambridge, Essex and London, finishing on the Mall. 

Official estimates may say that 3.5 million fans turned out to watch the 198 riders but common consensus suggests that the figure was just a shade over 5 million. 

It was an amazing end to three days which began in Leeds with a royal send off and finished with a sprint finale down the Mall in Buckingham Palace. 

A jubilant Mr Prudhomme said it was not a question of “if” but “when” the greatest cycle race on the planet would return to this country. 

I had a very pleasant day. Although Victoria Dock was quiet, the fan park at Trafalgar Square was buzzing. Team London Ambassadors mixed with visitors and even featured in a promotional video shoot for the FA's bid to host matches during the UEFA Euro 2020 European Championships. 

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