Officially a shit small race - Andre Greipel's presence confirmed it - the Tour of Britain finished last weekend with circuit race in the "Olympic borough" of Newham. Not the most scenic of places but on a sunny day there was a reasonable crowd out around the start finish even if the rest of the course was deserted.
Thanks to a friend I had a ticket to the VIP area: free food and drink, the best view in the house and the opportunity to hobnob with celebs (Phil Liggett, Hugh Porter, erm, Dean Downing, and possibly Paul Smith - not that I hobnobbed as my attention was focussed on the beer). It also meant some good photos I thought I'd share...
Mark Renshaw at the start
Andre Greipel and Ed Clancy
Matt Hayman and Rusell Downing
Geraint Thomas and Bradley Wiggins
Jaroslaw Marycz (?)
For Jens - one of the podium girls
Irish champ Matt Brammeir attacking on the first lap
Team Sky chasing
Yellow jersey Michael Albasini working for Andre Greipel
Bradley Wiggins and Geraint Thomas having a chat - any guesses what about?
The Gorilla wins the stage
Bouquet for the stage winner
Intermediate sprints jersey winner Michael Golas
King of the hills Johnny Hoogerland
Points jersey winner Greg Henderson
Yellow Jersey Michael Albasini
All the jerseys (less Johnny Hoogerland)