Thousands lined the streets of Finchingfield on Monday to witness the third stage of the Tour de France.
The racers departed Cambridge at 12.25pm on Monday, July 7 for the 155km cycle to London. The route passed through Finchingfield at 1.19pm, with thousands of spectators flocking to the picturesque village to watch the peloton go through.
“I think it means a lot to the area,” said Lisa Taylor, 32, from Bury St Edmunds. “Everyone seems to be very happy, everyone seems to be in a good mood. The Tour of Britain came through a couple of years ago, but this is different, it feels like there’s a lot more energy here.”
Dace Fisher, 52, and her husband Bob Fisher, 53, arrived on a tandem to watch the race. “We’ve come from Northampton,” said Mr Fisher. “We’ve come for the atmosphere. It’s great to see all this, it’s spectacular.”
A carnival atmosphere welcomed the riders as they arrived in Finchingfield. Morris dancers, Chris Smith, 74, Pangro Johnson, 58, and Simon Saunders, 49, of Haverhill, of the Thaxted Morris Men performed a traditional morris dance.
“It’s great,” said Mr Johnson. “And the pubs aren’t lifting their prices. They’re not exploiting the crowd. They’re serving the community very well.”