Thousands of people lined the streets to watch the third stage of the Tour de France from Cambridge to London.
After snaking their way through the Essex countryside, less than a second separated the riders as they finished on the Mall outside Buckingham Palace.
ITV News correspondent Damon Green reports:
Mark Cavendish will undergo shoulder surgery on Wednesday and faces around six weeks out following his Tour de France-ending crash on stage one in Harrogate last Saturday.
The 29-year-old from the Isle of Man ruptured all ligaments around his acromioclavicular joint and a separated shoulder as he sought a first yellow jersey of his career, his Omega Pharma-QuickStep team has confirmed.
"The surgery to stabilize the AC joint will take place on Wednesday, July 9," the Belgian squad said in a statement.
"The recovery time after the surgery will be around six weeks."
It means the Manxman will miss the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.
Marcel Kittel celebrated outside Buckingham Palace after winning the final English stage of the 2014 Tour de France from Cambridge to London.
In a sprint to line the Giant Shimano rider just beat the Slovakian cyclist Peter Sagan to win the stage.
Marcel Kittel has won the final English leg of the 2014 Tour de France from Cambridge to the capital.
In a dramatic finish the German just beat the Slovakian rider Peter Sagan on the line outside Buckingham Palace.
Spectators at the Tour de France have been told by organisers not to run alongside riders or step into the road. A short time ago, a spectator was knocked over after getting too close to the action while trying to take a picture.
Tour de France themed topiary has been revealed in St James's Park as the nation's capital prepares to welcome the world's most famous cycle race.
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.