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:
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The department store chain said nearly 400 jobs would be lost as it grapples with the pressures facing the retail sector.
Consumer prices have rocketed by 58% since 2003, with the UK industry paying the biggest bills in Europe.
Friday will be a much calmer day for many, with the weather set to remain dryer with sunny periods and much lighter winds than on Thursday.