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  • Crowds gather along the route.
  • Hundreds of thousands of people expected to watch stage three of the race.
  • Sprint finish line in High Street, Epping.
  • Route into central London includes Loughton, Buckhurst Hill, Woodford Green, South Woodford, Walthamstow, Leyton and Leytonstone.
  • Ongar's Mark Cavendish ruled out of tour with shoulder injury.
  • Send your pictures for inclusion by twitter using #guardianseriestour or by emailing jbunn@london.newsquest.co.uk

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Another image as the race goes through Epping

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The race in Epping.

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Crowds cheer as the race enters Epping.

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A few techinical issues with the Guardian's satellite tracker. Leaders have just passed through Moreton.

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The scene in Epping.

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Waltham Forest council leader Chris Robbins: "It's a nice lift for the community.

"It's fabulous, the response has been explosive.

"It's wonderful to share and see how responsive our residents are to events like this.

"It makes me proud to know we've done our bit." 

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High Street, Epping, as some noisy promotional vehicles arrive:

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Dennis is from the USA and has been an avid cycling fan for  many years, but this will be the first time he has seen the Tour live.

He said: “It’s very cool.  We were originally going  to watch from London but Epping represents our  image of Great Britain with  the nice buildings and the church.

“People here have been fantastic; so friendly and helpful.

Wife Shirley said: “We love  Epping we would definitely come back to stay here.”

The couple leave tomorrow after a six-day trip.

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Staff from Epping Forest District Council at the disabled seating area outside Epping Fire Station in High Street.

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Janet Harris, right, from Salisbury, woke up at 3am in order to get a prime location in High Street, Epping.

She said: “I’ve been following the Tour de France for years, it’s such a demanding event and very impressive.”

She has been joined by, from left, Adele Davis, Sue Rothstein and Liz Izzard to watch the race.

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Reporter David Eggboro is very pleased with his new hat.

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Spectators make their allegiances known in High Street, Epping.

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Media crews are gathering in High Street, Epping.

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Gordon Devine, 41, arrived in Epping to help steward the Tour de France at 5.30am and is not expecting to leave until 5.30pm.

He’s worked at Wembley Stadium covering sporting events and concerts and also stewarded atthe London Marathon.

Mr Devine said: “People seem more excited about this than anything else I’ve covered.

“It’s a one off which makes it special.”

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This Is Local London:

After millions of people turned out to watch the Tour de France in Yorkshire at the weekend, the world's most famous cycle race moves south today for a stage ending in the centre of London.

The third stage of the Tour will take the riders from Cambridge to the capital via parts of Essex, including Epping, Loughton and Buckhurst Hill, Woodford Green, South Woodford and Waltham Forest.

Click here for the full route.

Ongar's Mark Cavendish has been denied the chance to win a stage on home soil after he was ruled out of the entire tour due to suffering a separated shoulder in a crash on Saturday's first stage.

The 155km stage today follows a weekend which saw at least 2.5 million people watch the teams battle through Yorkshire's city streets and country lanes.

The Tour's general director Christian Prudhomme suggested the number of spectators on stages one and two could have been as many as five million as he declared the opening to the 2014 race "the grandest Grand Depart ever".

Mr Prudhomme said the huge crowds seen for the second day out on the route were "unbelievable, incredible, amazing, astonishing".

And he said the five times Tour champion and fellow Frenchman Bernard Hinault had told him he had never seen crowds like it in 40 years of cycling.

Many of the most memorable scenes on the first two days of the Tour were on the climbs over Yorkshire's moors.

But enthusiasts hoping for similar ascents on day three will be disappointed as the stage, which takes in towns like Chelmsford and Saffron Walden as well as London's Olympic Park, is extremely flat, with no official climbs.

The highest point on the route is at Epping Forest, at 108m.

A flat race should mean a good day for the sprinters but British cycling fans will have to be content to watch without sprint specialist Mark Cavendish, who bowed out of the race in a spectacular crash in Harrogate on Saturday.

Today's race will finish on The Mall, after a closing section which will pass many of London famous landmarks and a last few kilometres along the River Thames before passing the Houses of Parliament and Buckingham Palace.

Mayor of London Boris Johnson said: "As the world's largest annual sporting event prepares to make a triumphant return to our city, London is geared up and raring to go.

"After months of meticulous planning we are set to deliver a sporting spectacle that will be beamed to an audience of billions across the globe, showcasing some of our finest landmarks and most picturesque views.

"I wish every rider taking part in this gruelling endeavour the best of luck - I'm sure they will no doubt inspire even more Londoners to take to two wheels. Chapeau!"

Comments (3)

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2:00pm Mon 7 Jul 14

Villagecranberry says...

I didn't know it was going past Catch in Buckhurst Hill, would have got a window seat and had a cup of tea for 3 hours.
I didn't know it was going past Catch in Buckhurst Hill, would have got a window seat and had a cup of tea for 3 hours. Villagecranberry
  • Score: -15

5:04pm Mon 7 Jul 14

St George1 says...

Villagecranberry wrote:
I didn't know it was going past Catch in Buckhurst Hill, would have got a window seat and had a cup of tea for 3 hours.
You're a pain in the ******* Cornbeefur
[quote][p][bold]Villagecranberry[/bold] wrote: I didn't know it was going past Catch in Buckhurst Hill, would have got a window seat and had a cup of tea for 3 hours.[/p][/quote]You're a pain in the ******* Cornbeefur St George1
  • Score: 12

6:46am Tue 8 Jul 14

pm1234 says...

What a fantastic day. I was surprised just how many people turned out and Epping Forest district did itself proud. It was a unique day to remember. It was well organised, well catered for and an example of what Epping Forest can do if it puts its mind to it.
What a fantastic day. I was surprised just how many people turned out and Epping Forest district did itself proud. It was a unique day to remember. It was well organised, well catered for and an example of what Epping Forest can do if it puts its mind to it. pm1234
  • Score: 4
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