Tour de France 2014 in East Anglia

ITV News Anglia looks at the third stage of the Tour de France 2014 as it heads through Cambridge and Essex.

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How the success of the Tour de France could spark a multi-million pound boost for the East

The crowds were simply staggering yesterday at the Tour de France and today the organisers, businesses and the tourism industry have been reflecting on just how important the feel-good factor and the world-wide TV coverage could be for the region's economy.

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The Tour de France may have left our region, but it's hoped that the legacy left behind will live on.

It's thought that more than a million people turned up to watch the third stage of the Le Tour yesterday, and we spoke to just a few of those in Saffron Walden to find out what it meant to them.

"It was the greatest day of my cycling life," on enthusiast said.

"I came back from Dubai to see this having been born and bred in Saffron Walden. I've waited 20 years to have my sport recognised in town because when I first started cycling, people used to laugh at me!"

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Councillor: "Tour de France will leave a legacy for Cambridge"

Thousands turned out to watch the race in Cambridge.
Thousands turned out to watch the race in Cambridge. Credit: ITV Sport

It's thought more than a million people turned up to watch the third stage of the Tour de France yesterday.

Hundreds of thousands of spectators lined the route through Cambridgeshire and Essex as the race headed from Cambridge through to Saffron Walden and just touching the outskirts of Chelmsford, before finishing in London.

Crowds also lined the streets in Felsted.
Crowds also lined the streets in Felsted. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Today, organisers are reflecting on the boost to the region brought by the world's greatest cycling event.

"It was a wonderful day, an absolutely wonderful day," Liz Bissett from Cambridge City Council said.

"The crowds exceeded our expectations. It had a huge buzz around it. Everything worked according to plan. We didn't have any major incidents, people had a wonderful day out and those are all the things we wanted. And it will leave a legacy for the city."

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Officials estimate over 1 million people turned up in Cambridge, Essex and London to watch Tour de France

The Tour de France in Essex has been hailed as a “historic day” after the world’s best cyclists raced through the county.

Officials have estimated over 1 million people turned up in Cambridge, Essex and London to watch the biggest annual sporting event in the world.

Thousands of people lined the route in Uttlesford, Braintree, Chelmsford and Epping Forest as the County’s beautiful countryside grabbed the world’s attention.

"This has been an amazing day for Essex. The colour and atmosphere to celebrate the Tour has shown the world our fantastic county. The turnout was wonderful with so many people supporting the Tour in Essex.

“Billions have watched the race on TV around the world and can only have been impressed by our idyllic landscape and enthusiastic residents and visitors.”

“The fantastic success of the Tour de France in Essex is just another example of how we are able to host world-class sporting events and it is a day the whole county can will look back on for years to come. It was a truly historic day”

– Cllr Ann Naylor, Cabinet Member for Public Health and Wellbeing

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