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Tour of Britain photos: stage 8

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

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Kristian House

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Andre Greipel and Ed Clancy

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Matt Hayman and Rusell Downing

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Geraint Thomas and Bradley Wiggins

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Travis Meyer

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Jaroslaw Marycz (?)

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For Jens - one of the podium girls

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Irish champ Matt Brammeir attacking on the first lap

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Team Sky chasing

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Yellow jersey Michael Albasini working for Andre Greipel

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Bradley Wiggins and Geraint Thomas having a chat - any guesses what about?

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The Gorilla wins the stage

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Bouquet for the stage winner

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Intermediate sprints jersey winner Michael Golas

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King of the hills Johnny Hoogerland

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Points jersey winner Greg Henderson

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Yellow Jersey Michael Albasini

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All the jerseys (less Johnny Hoogerland)

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Champagne time

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