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Tour de France: Preparations in full swing for the finish at The Mall in London

People gather close to the finish line at The Mall in London. Credit: ITV Anglia

It's not long until the third stage of the Tour de France in Cambridge but already preparations are in full swing for the finish at The Mall in London.

The peleton is expected to arrive in the heart of the capital around four o'clock this afternoon.

An estimated 2.5 million people watched the opening two stages in Yorkshire following the Grand Depart in Leeds on Saturday.

Italian National Champion Vincenzo Nibali wears the yellow jersey when stage three gets underway in Cambridge and passes through Essex and Epping Forest.


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Tour de France hits East Anglia

The Tour de France Stage 3 sets off from Cambridge on Monday. Credit: Sirotti/Sirotti/PA Images

After the hills and dales of Yorkshire, the Tour de France hits the flatter lands of East Anglia on Monday for the third stage from Cambridge to London via Essex.

The cyclists will depart from Cambridge city centre at 12.15pm on the 155 km stage (96 miles).

Two hours ahead of the cyclists is the Tour's publicity caravan - a procession of colourfully decorated trucks and cars of the race's sponsors.

Tour De France comes to London from Cambridge

The world's most famous cycle race moves south today for a stage ending in the centre of London. The third stage of the Tour de France will take the riders from Cambridge to the capital via parts of Essex.

Vincenzo Nibali (centre) sits inside the peloton as stage two of the Tour de France passes over Holme Moss Moor, Yorkshire. Credit: Anna Gowthorpe/PA Wire/Press Association Images

The 155km stage follows a weekend which saw at least 2.5 million people watch the teams battle through Yorkshire's city streets and country lanes.

The Tour's general director Christian Prudhomme suggested the number of spectators on stages one and two could have been as many as five million as he declared the opening to the 2014 race "the grandest Grand Depart ever".

Hospital 'confident' no other babies are contaminated

Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, where a baby died after being given a suspected contaminated feeding tube, said it was "confident" that no other newborns on its unit have contracted bacillus cereus.

Our thoughts are with the family and we are supporting them during this very difficult and emotional time.

A consultant neonatologist has spoken to all of the families on the unit.

The babies on the unit have been closely monitored for any signs of infection since we withdrew the contaminated feed. We are confident that no other newborns have contracted bacillus cereus.The two other babies who were ill are stable and doing well.

– A spokesman for Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Widower wins appeal over resuscitation order

Janet Tracey died after breaking her neck in a car crash in 2011 - two weeks after being diagnosed with terminal lung cancer. Credit: ITV Anglia

The widower of a terminally ill hospital patient has won a landmark ruling that her human rights were violated because she was not consulted before a "do not resuscitate" (DNR) notice was placed on her records.

The Court of Appeal was asked to intervene by David Tracey, who said his wife Janet, 63, was subjected to an unlawful DNR notice at Addenbrooke's Hospital, Cambridge.

Judges said the hospital trust violated Mrs Tracey's right to respect for her private life under Article 8 of the European Convention of Human Rights because it did not involve her before issuing the original DNR notice on February 27, 2011.

Such notices are intended to ensure that a patient dies in a dignified and peaceful manner, but they have become the subject of controversy.


Family takes 'do not resuscitate' case to appeal court

The family of a woman who was not consulted before a "do not resuscitate" notice was placed on her medical records return to court this week pushing for a change in national policy.

The husband and daughters of Janet Tracey, who died of lung cancer at Addenbrooke's hospital in Cambridge three years ago, want medics to be obliged to consult patients and relatives before making decisions on whether resuscitation should be attempted.

Mrs Tracey's family were distressed when a "do not resuscitate" notice was put in her records without their knowledge.

Janet Tracey died at Addenbrooke's hospital in March 2011. Credit: PA

The instruction was removed after the family complained, before being restored - with their consultation - two days before the 63-year-old's death in March 2011.

Addenbrooke's Hospital says its doctors acted in Mrs Tracey's best interests.

Kate Masters, one of Tracey's four daughters, said: "How someone's end of life is handled really does live with the family forever."

The family's solicitor, Merry Varney from Leigh Day, said: "This is about the decision-making process, and the rights of patients to be involved in how those decisions are made."

The case is being heard at the court of appeal after judges overturned a 2012 high court decision that it should go no further.

Model lifeboats take to the Thames in rival boat race

A fleet of 250 model lifeboats have made waves in the River Thames as the RNLI held a charity Alternative Boat Race to boost the rescue institution's funds.

The Royal National Lifeboat Institution's mini boats took to the water before Oxford and Cambridge's controversy filled men's boat race. Credit: Steve Parsons/PA Wire
The miniature vessels raced along the tideway just upriver from the official Boat Race with supporters sponsoring the 250 boats. Credit: Steve Parsons/PA Wire
The novelty effort hoped to raise awareness and funds for the RNLI, which make more than 700 launches along the Thames each year. Credit: Steve Parsons/PA Wire

Oxford win by biggest margin since 1973

Oxford's crew celebrate after their victory. Credit: Reuters

Oxford's 11-stroke victory over Cambridge in today's BNY Mellon Boat Race was the biggest margin of victory by either side since 1973.

Cambridge's Luke Juckett lost at least five strokes when the two crews clashed near the Harrods Depositary, in the race's decisive moment.

Cambridge protested against the result, but umpire Richard Phelps threw out the complaint from cox Ian Middleton.

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