In preparation for the Tour de France arriving in London tomorrow (Monday July 7), I rode the route from Epping to ExCeL (Newham) to see if the capital’s preparations in any way matched those in Yorkshire.

Sadly they didn’t.

Bar a commendable effort from some businesses and residents in Epping High Road, and by Waltham Forest council in London, there was little to see today (and last Wednesday, when I rode the Whipps Cross to ExCeL section).

Since then, students from Leyton College have painted a William Morris-inspired motif on Whipps Cross roundabout. According to TfL, this is the only piece of “land art” – capable of being seen by the Tour’s TV helicopters – on the London stage.

See below for a selection of pictures I took along the way. Also included is a video interview I did with Team Sky principal Sir Dave Brailsford last Thursday in Harrogate in preparation for the Tour’s arrival in London.

Hopefully the enormous crowds welcoming the Tour tomorrow will mask any lack of street decoration akin to that achieved by our friends in the North…

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