And then the two who were in the breakaway, Barta and Bideaux:
Finally it was all over, and the "broom vehicle" came past. You don't appreciate how fast the cyclists are going until the team cars come past - they are going at practically normal speed!
We packed up our stuff and made ourselves comfortable, and then walked down the road to Whipps Cross Roundabout where there was a big screen and - it was raining - we stood under a tree and watched until the very end of the race. Which was, as anybody could tell you, won by Marcel Kittel.
And also by my friend Jilly and her team, who have been responsible for ensuring the smooth running of the Tour while it was in the UK. They have done a superb job. And I'd like to thank the staff of St-Peters-in-the-Forest for opening the church and allowing us to use its facilities. This was the cycle they had decorated at the church gates: