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    Posted on Jul 7, 2014

    The Tour De France Entered London And Everyone Got Very Excited

    Stage 3 saw the riders make their way from Cambridge to the capital.

    After its triumphant start in Yorkshire, the Tour de France continued to make its way through the UK on Monday.

    AP Photo/Christophe Ena

    Stage 3 took the riders on a 155km route from Cambridge to London.

    Vincenzo Nibali started the day overall leader and the Italian rider was probably hoping to avoid this kind of embarrassment again if he remained in first place.

    vine.co

    Defending champion Chris Froome appeared relaxed on Monday morning, clearly happy with his current 5th place.

    The stage was lined with messages of support for fellow British rider Mark Cavendish who was ruled out of the Tour after crashing near the end of stage one at the weekend.

    The get well soon messages in Essex for Mark Cavendish

    Laurence Cawley@LaurenceCawley

    The get well soon messages in Essex for Mark Cavendish

    10:25 AM - 07 Jul 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

    The action got off to a rather inconspicuous start in Cambridge.

    The houses by the start of the Tour in Cambridge have really knocked themselves out with banners & decorations!

    Cate Sevilla@CateSevilla

    The houses by the start of the Tour in Cambridge have really knocked themselves out with banners & decorations!

    6:51 AM - 07 Jul 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

    But the crowds soon started to gather and cheer on the riders at the start of the stage.

    Was lucky enough to see the Peloton in #Cambridge today with @toricmorris today, incredible atmosphere #TourDeFrance

    The Daniels Group@DanielsGrp

    Was lucky enough to see the Peloton in #Cambridge today with @toricmorris today, incredible atmosphere #TourDeFrance

    1:12 PM - 07 Jul 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

    C'est parti pour 155 km / Let's go for 155kms #TDF

    Le Tour de France@letour

    C'est parti pour 155 km / Let's go for 155kms #TDF

    12:36 PM - 07 Jul 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

    People tried to get the best vantage points possible.

    Every rooftop, no matter how precarious, is pressed into use as a vantage point of the #TdF

    Zoe O'Connell@zoeimogen

    Every rooftop, no matter how precarious, is pressed into use as a vantage point of the #TdF

    12:33 PM - 07 Jul 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

    The sun even came out.

    Some cyclists. Normal for Cambridge, nothing to see here. #TdF

    Zoe O'Connell@zoeimogen

    Some cyclists. Normal for Cambridge, nothing to see here. #TdF

    12:39 PM - 07 Jul 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

    The riders were greeted by large crowds in Finchingfield.

    La tête de la course, 3eme étape

    In Epping.

    And rather odd decorations in Felstead.

    People insisted on still taking selfies, despite Team Sky cyclist Geraint Thomas calling them a "pain in the arse".

    @BBCCambsSport dangerous selfie #hse guidelines followed ..well sort of #eventphotography #TDF2014 #tourdefrance

    Gareth Davies @SnapMediaPro

    @BBCCambsSport dangerous selfie #hse guidelines followed ..well sort of #eventphotography #TDF2014 #tourdefrance

    1:08 PM - 07 Jul 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

    Some preferred artistic shots.

    As the stage neared London, the jokes began.

    The Tour de France passes through East London today. Beware of hipsters.

    SimonNRicketts@SimonNRicketts

    The Tour de France passes through East London today. Beware of hipsters.

    11:19 AM - 07 Jul 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

    So exciting to see the Tour de France getting a true London welcome of abuse from a taxi driver and a shove off the road from a bus.

    David Schneider@davidschneider

    So exciting to see the Tour de France getting a true London welcome of abuse from a taxi driver and a shove off the road from a bus.

    2:32 PM - 07 Jul 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

    Gallows humour on the Essex roadside #TdF14 @cyclingweekly

    Ben Miller@Bob_Tag

    Gallows humour on the Essex roadside #TdF14 @cyclingweekly

    3:17 PM - 07 Jul 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

    BREAKING: More scandal from the Tour de France, with suspicion of foul play from the surprise leader in London.

    James Martin@Pundamentalism

    BREAKING: More scandal from the Tour de France, with suspicion of foul play from the surprise leader in London.

    1:16 PM - 07 Jul 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

    "Jokes".

    Wish I could share everyone's excitement about the Tour de France. But a bunch of blokes cycling in lycra just doesn't do it for me. #zzzzz

    Piers Morgan@piersmorgan

    Wish I could share everyone's excitement about the Tour de France. But a bunch of blokes cycling in lycra just doesn't do it for me. #zzzzz

    3:39 PM - 07 Jul 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

    But the capital looked rather splendid as it prepared to welcome the Tour.

    Adam Davy/PA
    David Davies/PA
    David Davies/PA

    Unfortunately the weather had other ideas.

    Somehow rain adds to the atmosphere #bbccycling #letourdewoodford

    Joseph Neil Conrad@JoeConrad93

    Somehow rain adds to the atmosphere #bbccycling #letourdewoodford

    2:30 PM - 07 Jul 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

    Pendant ce temps là, les bus arrivent à Londres / Meanwhile, buses are arriving in London. @BMCProTeam #TDF

    Le Tour de France@letour

    Pendant ce temps là, les bus arrivent à Londres / Meanwhile, buses are arriving in London. @BMCProTeam #TDF

    2:38 PM - 07 Jul 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

    The crowds didn't seem to care though.

    David Davies/PA
    David Davies/PA

    People did seem rather bemused/excited by the caravan that preceded the riders into the capital.

    Tour de France caravan. Where the sponsors throw stuff they don't want at the faces of cycling nerds.

    Stewie@TLTCL

    Tour de France caravan. Where the sponsors throw stuff they don't want at the faces of cycling nerds.

    2:32 PM - 07 Jul 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

    FREE STUFF!!! Ahem... I mean, #tourdefrance caravan going past the @PopcornLondon office

    Jack Filose@JackFilose

    FREE STUFF!!! Ahem... I mean, #tourdefrance caravan going past the @PopcornLondon office

    2:26 PM - 07 Jul 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

    vine.co

    Le Caravan comes through Walthamstow #tourdefrance

    Higham Hill@HighamHill

    Le Caravan comes through Walthamstow #tourdefrance

    1:24 PM - 07 Jul 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

    As the Tour neared the centre of the capital former winner Andy Schleck crashed out, while a spectator was also knocked to the ground.

    Tour de France: David Lopez percute un spectateur - http://t.co/VqZ9tFj2xZ - via @Sport_buzz_fr

    Sport Buzz@Sport_buzz_fr

    Tour de France: David Lopez percute un spectateur - http://t.co/VqZ9tFj2xZ - via @Sport_buzz_fr

    3:44 PM - 07 Jul 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

    Footage appeared to show Team Sky rider David Lopez clipping the spectator as they took a picture in the middle of the road.

    don't get in the way of david lopez.

    @rnarveI

    don't get in the way of david lopez.

    3:39 PM - 07 Jul 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

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    Work stopped momentarily as the peloton made its way through the Olympic Park in Stratford.

    Peloton swings into Olympic Park. #LeTourdeFrance #LeTourdeFrance

    Philip Green@revphilipgreen

    Peloton swings into Olympic Park. #LeTourdeFrance #LeTourdeFrance

    3:44 PM - 07 Jul 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

    And in the City.

    The whole City has turned out for the Tour de France!!

    Life's Kitchen@lifeskitchenltd

    The whole City has turned out for the Tour de France!!

    3:59 PM - 07 Jul 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

    Everywhere along the route in London really.

    Lots of people but where are the bicycles?? #tourdefrance #london

    Natalie Quinlivan@natquinlivan

    Lots of people but where are the bicycles?? #tourdefrance #london

    3:59 PM - 07 Jul 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

    #TDF riders flash past #5News towers

    5News@5_News

    #TDF riders flash past #5News towers

    4:07 PM - 07 Jul 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

    As the riders zipped through Westminster, Labour leader Ed Miliband took time out of his day to record a Vine of the race.

    vine.co

    Tour de France just passed the Houses of Parliament and will soon be at the finish on The Mall #tdf

    TfL Traffic News@TfLTrafficNews

    Tour de France just passed the Houses of Parliament and will soon be at the finish on The Mall #tdf

    4:07 PM - 07 Jul 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

    The general reaction of everyone was "wow, they're fast".

    vine.co

    Thousands lined the Mall as the riders raced towards the finish line after 155km.

    And Marcel Kittel from Germany finally out-sprinted Peter Sagan to claim victory.

    ERIC FEFERBERG/AFP / Getty

    The victory was his second stage win of the Tour so far.

    Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho was at the finish line to witness the final dash. It's hard to know if he was happy with the result.

    Jose Mourinho at the Tour De France in London right now.

    CàrefreeDaily@CarefreeDaily

    Jose Mourinho at the Tour De France in London right now.

    4:22 PM - 07 Jul 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

    Congratulations Kittel @letour ... where are you @Tyler_GT ??

    Toby Pentecost@TobyPentecost

    Congratulations Kittel @letour ... where are you @Tyler_GT ??

    4:28 PM - 07 Jul 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

    Overall, Nibali managed to retain the yellow jersey and Froome stayed in fifth overall.

    The London sprint was the last action in the UK. On Tuesday the Tour de France finally heads to France for the start of the fourth stage.

    Bryn Lennon / Getty Images

    Well done everyone.

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