Huge crowds lined the 152 kms route from Cambridge via Chelmsford, Finchingfield, Moreton and all the way down the A11 into central London.
Once upon a time, the Epsom Derby was held on the first Wednesday of June. It was a huge sporting occasion, entry to the Downs was free, and seemingly the whole of London used this as an excuse to take the day off work.
Times have changed. The Derby now takes place on a Saturday, and though the racecourse enclosures are busy, the Downs are empty compared to yesteryear. Perhaps on a national basis, the Tour has replaced the Derby in this respect. Somebody must have been manning the phone lines, but it looked like the British population had collectively taken a spontaneous national holiday.
Long live the Tour, it brings people together.