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