I joked, driving through Harrogate with my cameraman Dom, on a quiet grey day before the Tour de France Grand Depart, that the town’s reception appeared fairly muted.
7 Apr 2015 - 11:32 PM  UPDATED 13 Apr 2015 - 3:38 PM

This morning, on the BBC, ahead of the Tour's third and final stage in Britain that the support for the Tour had been at record levels. Officially, some 2.5 million people had turned out for the first two days in Yorkshire. ASO's Tour director Christian Prudhomme has bullishly speculated that those numbers might even be conservative.

Honestly, I wouldn't be surprised. And that's without arguably the premier stage in Britain, London.

You would've done well to find anywhere bare on the road from Leeds to Harrogate, from York to Sheffield, or even today, Cambridge to London. Spectators have been lining the road shoulder-to-shoulder, in parts, 10, 20 deep, waiting hours, for a glimpse of the Tour peloton.

So much for the absence of Bradley Wiggins hurting the race, the Tour's journey through England has been a roaring success.

It may even be the start of a more regular association between the Tour de France and Great Britain with Gary Verity telling SBS Cycling Central only a few days ago that he would not be surprised if other counties pursue a Grand Depart bid in the next few years.

Having never done a Tour I can't speak to comparisons with other years directly, but I can say that being in the middle of it all in Leeds, Saturday, was like nothing I've never experienced - and I like to think I've been around.

Our movements
And on that note we end our fleeting time in Britain. We pack up, catch the Eurostar and head to Lille. The first three stages have been a massive logistical task and moving our crew and equipment to mainland Europe at a much smaller scale, will be no mean feat.

If you want some perspective of just how far we're travelling every day or how long we're working, Stage 2 would be an ideal example.

We started in Harrogate, set out to meet Simon Yates's parents in Bury, shot a feature, headed out on course, set out to the stage finish in Sheffield, shot post-race, and then finished up with a 200 plus kilometre traverse, in heavy traffic, to Cambridge. Up at 6am, check-in, without dinner, at 10pm. Long days.

That said, it's been a lot of fun and we're starting to find a bit of a rhythm. Onwards to France!

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