|LeopardTrek's Madones look good on|
television. In the flesh, they're beautiful
almost beyond words.
"Impressive! I haven't seen so many spectators for a bike race in UK since TourDeFrance2007. So much support! Thanks everyone for turning out" (@MarkCavendish, Twitter, 15:45 17.08.11)
|The first riders round the corner and head out into the neutral zone|
|In black: Rapha-Condor-Sharp's Kristian House|
One of the finest things about professional cycling is that fans can mingle with their heroes - there's none of the VIP area nonsense and burly security guards separating stars from proles as is normal in any other sporting event at this sort of level; this being very much the case here as we were freely able to wonder around the buses and team cars, getting up close to bikes worth more than the combined value of our internal organs (obviously not including our livers which are of virtually no value at all, except perhaps as replacements for Paris-Roubaix pavé).
|Towards the left in the rainbow jersey: World Champion Thor Hushovd|
|Team Sky's amazing Pinarello Dogma 60.1 bikes|
|Later in the day, we observed a Leopard(Trek tour bus) attempt|
to crush a (Team Sky) Jaguar. Fortunately, a brave policeman
was on hand to prevent carnage.
The full album (80 images of the race, associated stuff and Bury St. Edmunds)
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