LiveLive updates: Tour de France comes to Essex

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Summary

  • Follow live updates as Tour de France riders race through the towns and villages of Essex
  • Crowds gathering along the route from 6am this morning
  • Spectators can watch the end of the race live on a big screen in Admiral's Park, Chelmsford
  • Video of the route the riders will follow

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Well, the race is over and the crowds are heading home after an enjoyable day. Thanks for following the live updates and hope you enjoyed following the world's best cyclists as they raced through the county. 

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Watching the race in Roxwell Road, Chelmsford, was Michael Welfare, of Wist Avenue, Wickford.

The 66-year-old was glad he made the trip for the atmosphere alone.

He said: “It’s great that the Tour came through Essex. The crowd have been fantastic, as has been the atmosphere.

“You have to take advantage of these kind of events when they’re so close to home. The Tour where you live is once-in-a-lifetime stuff.”

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Thurrock Gazette:

The tour comes through Finchingfield. Picture: Louise Smith for Colchester Gazette

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Roger Cowen, of Coachman’s Mead, Finchingfield, could see the race route from his front door and was celebrating with his family and friends.

Mr Cowen, 67, said: “I’ve never seen anything like this before.

“The village is normally empty and peaceful but this is unbelievable.

“We are cheering everyone on.”

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PoorFleet says

Just saw the cyclists zooming past my office in the City and it was quite a spectacle.
I had no idea how fast they went.

I also had no idea how many support cars there were!

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And it's over! The Tour de France riders have arrived at the finish line in London with Marcel Kittel winning stage three 

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Riders round last corner and onto the finishing straight

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Only 1.9km left of the race now...

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Thurrock Gazette:

Tour de France riders in Chelmsford. Picture: Echo photographer Al Underwood

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Thurrock Gazette:

Tour de France riders in Chelmsford. Picture: Echo photographer Al Underwood

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Thurrock Gazette:

Tour de France riders come through Rayne

Picture: Nigel Brown for Colchester Gazette

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Firefighters tackled a diesel spill at a Tour de France park and ride this afternoon.

Fire crews were called by Braintree District Council to an abandoned vehicle leaking chemicals at the Discovery Centre in Great Notley Country Park.

When crews arrived at 12.54pm, they confirmed a Vauxhall Vivro van containing some 2,000 litres of diesel stored in two fuel drums was leaking.

Firefighters used specialist cutting equipment to get into the vehicle to stem the leak and mopped up the fuel using earth and sand to limit the environmental impact.

Police were alerted as the site is being used as the park and ride car park for spectators to the Felsted leg of today's Tour de France and the vehicle was obstructing members of the public leaving the site.

The incident was dealt with by 2.40pm.

Five fire engines from Braintree, Halstead, Chelmsford and Colchester all dealt with the incident.

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Thurrock Gazette:

Picture: Nigel Brown for Colchester Gazette

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Thurrock Gazette:

Crowds cheering the Tour de France as it comes through Rayne. Picture: Nigel Brown for Colchester Gazette

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Road closures have been lifted following Stage 3 of the Tour de France today.
There were two closures in place on the M11 at junction 9a northbound and the A11 Stumps Cross southbound, both exit slip roads.
More information is available on the Highways Agency website at highways.gov.uk/traffic.

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The tour has passed through Chelmsford in the blink of an eye and the riders are heading towards Epping now

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Just over 50 miles to go til the finish line

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Riders have just passed the Felsted sign

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Are you at the Tour de France? Send us your pics! echonews@nqe.com or tweet @Essex_Echo 

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115km to London now

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The tour has now arrived in Finchingfield and the crowds are amazing!

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Riders coming through Great Sampford now

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Riders heading into Little Chesterford - both sides of the road absolutely rammed with people watching them pass

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138km left to ride

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The Tour has just passed into Essex cheered on by huge crowds

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ITV helicopter swooping over Hedingham Castle now - gorgeous Essex countryside on show

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The riders are on their way! 

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Riders are at the start line getting ready to head off

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Turn off on the A127 for Chelmsford is absolutely chocka! Try to avoid if possible. 

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Thurrock Gazette:

Cycling fan Alex Dale, 11, from Great Chesterford, waits in the village of Finchingfield - PA 

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Caravan has passed through Finchingfield, Rayne and Felsted. Next stop Great Waltham. Get ready to catch those goodies! 

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romantic says

As nobody yet seems to have anything positive to say, I would like to say that it's brilliant that this race is passing through. If I could be off work, I would be there! Crowds may be a little less as it's a working day, but I hope this stage goes as well as the Yorkshire stages. Allez le Tour!

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Not sure what the commentators are on about? Check out the Tour de France glossary:

Thurrock Gazette:

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Want to spot your favourite rider? They will be through in a flash! Here's a guide to working out who is who:

Tour de France guide: The jerseys

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romantic says

As nobody yet seems to have anything positive to say, I would like to say that it's brilliant that this race is passing through. If I could be off work, I would be there! Crowds may be a little less as it's a working day, but I hope this stage goes as well as the Yorkshire stages. Allez le Tour!

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Thurrock Gazette:

Early bird John Daniels beside Roxwell Road, Chelmsford

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PROOFREADER says

If it were coming through Colchester it would be Tour De Pot Holes.

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Lots of entertainment for spectators along the route...

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Funky Voices choir will be singing at the Tour de France today.

The group regularly meet in Southend, Rayleigh and Leigh and will be singing in Saffron Walden.

Their performance will also be shown on ITV Anglia tonight.

Are you performing at the Tour de France? Let us know by commenting below! 

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Want to see what the best cyclists in the world will see as they ride through Essex? Echo photographer Al Underwood rode the route with Jason White from JD Cycles ahead of the tour.

Watch the video here:

 

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Our man Matt Knight was in Yorkshire at the weekend to watch the start of the Tour de France. His top tips for the tour are worth a read. 

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For those people new to the Tour, here's a little overview of what it's all about... 

The Tour de France is the world’s biggest bike race and sees cyclists compete for the winner’s Yellow Jersey.

It lasts three weeks, with three rest days, and includes a variety of stages, from flat to mountainous days in the Alps and Pyrenees.

There are also individual time-trials, where each rider races individually against the clock.

The winner of the Yellow Jersey is the rider who completes all the stages in the shortest amount of time.

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Make sure you are in the right place at the right time! Here's a list of when the caravan comes through each area: 

SAFFRON WALDEN
Caravan: 10:52 Riders: 12:50-12:52

FINCHINGFIELD
Caravan: 11.19 Riders: 13:14-13:19

RAYNE
Caravan: 11:39 Riders: 13:33-13:39

FELSTED
Caravan: 11:49 Riders: 13:42-13:49

GREAT WALTHAM
Caravan: 12:02 Riders: 13:54-14:02

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Caravan: 12:11 Riders: 14:02-14:11

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Caravan: 12:33 Riders: 14:22-14:33

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Caravan: 12:47 Riders: 14:35-14:47

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Caravan: 12:54 Riders: 14:41-14:54

OLYMPIC PARK
Caravan: 13.26 Riders: 15.11-15.26

THE MALL
Caravan: 14.01 Riders: 15.42-16.01

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 Thurrock Gazette:

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See a route map of the Tour de France here

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We've got reporters and photographers lined up along the route to see the riders go past - give us a wave and you could be in the paper! 

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Going to watch the Tour de France today? Comment below or send us a picture by emailing echonews@nqe.com or tweeting @Essex_Echo - using #EssexTDF

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Crowds are already starting to arrive at the spectator area in Admiral's Park, Chelmsford. 

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Good morning and welcome to the live coverage of the Tour de France as it comes through Essex. 

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10:09am Mon 7 Jul 14

donttellanyone says...

As much as I am please to see this going ahead. I would like to bring to attention that I now of many disabled and vulnerable adults who will only be getting one visit today due to no way of getting to them.
As much as I am please to see this going ahead. I would like to bring to attention that I now of many disabled and vulnerable adults who will only be getting one visit today due to no way of getting to them. donttellanyone
  • Score: 1

10:20am Mon 7 Jul 14

PROOFREADER says...

If it were coming through Colchester it would be Tour De Pot Holes.
If it were coming through Colchester it would be Tour De Pot Holes. PROOFREADER
  • Score: 14

10:22am Mon 7 Jul 14

Drunken Master says...

If it were going through Grays it would be Tour De Merde!!
If it were going through Grays it would be Tour De Merde!! Drunken Master
  • Score: 19

11:36am Mon 7 Jul 14

romantic says...

As nobody yet seems to have anything positive to say, I would like to say that it's brilliant that this race is passing through. If I could be off work, I would be there! Crowds may be a little less as it's a working day, but I hope this stage goes as well as the Yorkshire stages. Allez le Tour!
As nobody yet seems to have anything positive to say, I would like to say that it's brilliant that this race is passing through. If I could be off work, I would be there! Crowds may be a little less as it's a working day, but I hope this stage goes as well as the Yorkshire stages. Allez le Tour! romantic
  • Score: -8

12:11pm Mon 7 Jul 14

driver4108 says...

tour de france,its England whats the point?
tour de france,its England whats the point? driver4108
  • Score: 15

12:16pm Mon 7 Jul 14

supermadmax says...

If it were going through Southend it would be the Tour de where's my bike gone?
If it were going through Southend it would be the Tour de where's my bike gone? supermadmax
  • Score: 18

1:06pm Mon 7 Jul 14

mikgrays says...

driver4108 wrote:
tour de france,its England whats the point?
You miserable old twonk
[quote][p][bold]driver4108[/bold] wrote: tour de france,its England whats the point?[/p][/quote]You miserable old twonk mikgrays
  • Score: -7

4:09pm Mon 7 Jul 14

PoorFleet says...

Just saw the cyclists zooming past my office in the City and it was quite a spectacle.
I had no idea how fast they went.

I also had no idea how many support cars there were!
Just saw the cyclists zooming past my office in the City and it was quite a spectacle. I had no idea how fast they went. I also had no idea how many support cars there were! PoorFleet
  • Score: 2

5:18pm Mon 7 Jul 14

romantic says...

romantic wrote:
As nobody yet seems to have anything positive to say, I would like to say that it's brilliant that this race is passing through. If I could be off work, I would be there! Crowds may be a little less as it's a working day, but I hope this stage goes as well as the Yorkshire stages. Allez le Tour!
don't worry, miserable people, it's all over now! You can get back to a normal life where nothing extraordinary ever happens. Somewhere in the region of 3.5 million people came out to see this. I think it's worth sacrificing one day of routine for that.
[quote][p][bold]romantic[/bold] wrote: As nobody yet seems to have anything positive to say, I would like to say that it's brilliant that this race is passing through. If I could be off work, I would be there! Crowds may be a little less as it's a working day, but I hope this stage goes as well as the Yorkshire stages. Allez le Tour![/p][/quote]don't worry, miserable people, it's all over now! You can get back to a normal life where nothing extraordinary ever happens. Somewhere in the region of 3.5 million people came out to see this. I think it's worth sacrificing one day of routine for that. romantic
  • Score: 6

5:46pm Mon 7 Jul 14

Howard Cháse says...

Fantastic spectacle.

Thanks to the Good folk of Roxwell for allowing us to invade your lovrly village for the day. Vive le Tour
Fantastic spectacle. Thanks to the Good folk of Roxwell for allowing us to invade your lovrly village for the day. Vive le Tour Howard Cháse
  • Score: 3

8:29pm Mon 7 Jul 14

4142 says...

Well there has been some right miserable gits posting on here about the Tour De France, it has caused a bit of disruption for one day only. It will more than likely be the only time that this world wide watched event will be in Essex. l drove into Chelmsford this morning at 8.45, traffic so light less than an early sunday morning
Well there has been some right miserable gits posting on here about the Tour De France, it has caused a bit of disruption for one day only. It will more than likely be the only time that this world wide watched event will be in Essex. l drove into Chelmsford this morning at 8.45, traffic so light less than an early sunday morning 4142
  • Score: 3

9:55pm Mon 7 Jul 14

Boris says...

Well said, Romantic and others, for putting the miserable gits in their place. I don't think they even mind about their boring routines being disturbed. They just wanted to moan about millions of people having a great day out.
Vive le Tour!
Well said, Romantic and others, for putting the miserable gits in their place. I don't think they even mind about their boring routines being disturbed. They just wanted to moan about millions of people having a great day out. Vive le Tour! Boris
  • Score: 3

4:55am Tue 8 Jul 14

white_van_ man says...

It's just a load of doped up cyclists riding through essex. You see that most weekends in basildon!!! Must be lucky if you lived on the route, at least the pot holes would have been filled in.
It's just a load of doped up cyclists riding through essex. You see that most weekends in basildon!!! Must be lucky if you lived on the route, at least the pot holes would have been filled in. white_van_ man
  • Score: 1

5:04am Tue 8 Jul 14

Eric the Red says...

----------and as usual, the 'scores' on here have been trolled by a moron.
----------and as usual, the 'scores' on here have been trolled by a moron. Eric the Red
  • Score: 4

8:19am Tue 8 Jul 14

LiquigasCyclist says...

I think the only people moaning are the sad little minority who have nothing going on in their lives at all ! It's the TDF and all you lot act like It's invented purely to disrupt your day!

Get a life and some joy in your world. The best thing though was that it kept the white van Prats off our roads.... even if it was just 1 day!
I think the only people moaning are the sad little minority who have nothing going on in their lives at all ! It's the TDF and all you lot act like It's invented purely to disrupt your day! Get a life and some joy in your world. The best thing though was that it kept the white van Prats off our roads.... even if it was just 1 day! LiquigasCyclist
  • Score: 11

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