MARKET PLACE CHESTERFIELD
FRIDAY 17 JUNE 2016
|LIZZIE ARMITSTEAD STAGE 3 WINNER|
The blog only spotted this gem a few days before the event and it was another opportunity to add a sport not so far covered. Well where to start, where to stand, what time to arrive, a bit of research all were questions buzzing around. I have to say I did some research before on the excellent website that supports 'the tour' it is packed full of information and stats. If you think Cricket and other sports have facts and stats piled high you haven't seen nothing till you take a look at cycling.
After reading up on the riders and different teams I decided to just go and enjoy this fantastic event because I would never remember all the teams and any large amount of the riders.
|MARIANNE VOS ON THE PODIUM|
|STAGE 3 FINISH IN CHESTERFIELD|
|FINAL STRETCH NEARLY SET UP|
|RACE CARS TAKE A REST|
|ANNOUNCER JOE FISHER GETS THE FANS IN THE MOOD|
|THE LORD MAYOR WELCOMES THE TOUR TO CHESTERFIELD|
BBC Look North were in attendance with reporter Paul Ogden acting as cameraman and interviewer, there was a shortage of race side souvenirs although some people did game some reminders of the event including some excellent mini cow bells which came out just before the finish. There was an excellent race programme priced at £5 and a very informative effort for any race follower.
|ITV'S NED BOULTING ARRIVES AT THE FINISH LINE|
As the lead riders came into Chesterfield the overhead flight of the TV helicopter signalled the Tours arrival, the race cars came into the final straight and then whoosh that was it within 10 seconds Armitstead had flown over the line after the cobble sprint to raise one arm in the air in celebration. The Peloton, hark at me, were soon following up and received a rapturous local reception and just as the presentation was about to get underway the final rider came over the line probably 10 minutes behind the leaders but to any equally warm reception full of admiration for their efforts.
As one policeman on duty commented to Joe Fisher 'I have no idea what's just gone on there', it really is that quick.
That was it all over very quickly and although the experience is something not to be missed I guess its also good to be able to watch the riders on TV afterwards.
|STAGE WINNER LIZZIE ARMITSTEAD|
|KATIE HALL QUEEN OF THE MOUNTAINS|
Part of the highlight of the presentation was Lizzie Armitsteads proud grandma and granddad the former wearing a T shirt advertising the fact being interviewed by the gathered journalists.
|LIZZIE ARMITSTEADS SUPPORT TEAM|
|FLORTJ MACKAIJ BEST YOUNG RIDER|
|LIZZIE ARMITSTEAD WITH HER POINTS ADNAMS JERSEY|