- Published on Monday, 07 July 2014 00:38
The sunshine and the Tour de France came by Glossop, and the traffic free town joined tens of thousands of others to see it. Amused spectators saw members of the promotional cortege get stuck trying to negotiate the left turn of the notorious A6024/A628 intersection, known locally as Tombstone Junction. Among the promoters stuck were McCain and Buxton Water.
The riders raced through, having reached 60mph down Holme Moss and all safely negotiated the corner to the roars of the crowd. Some of the maintenance vehicles that followed immediately afterwards crunched their undercarriages at the junction, and the crowd went wild once again.
Afterwards the crowd of pedestrians and cyclists, stretching many miles made their merry way back with the help of a few minutes of refreshing rain. At Tintwistle Cricket Club it was time for more sunshine, pie and peas, tea, cake and the thrilling Djokovic vs. Federer match at Wimbledon.
Spectators at Glossop Carnival watching the Tour de France on the big screen got adverts for deodorant when the race skimmed Glossop, followed by a short period of heavy rain. Suggestions that the commercial break was imposed because of a "streaker" were denied by ITV. On some TV channels viewers were wrongly told that the waterbody at the site was "Ladybower", and none made reference to John Frederic La Trobe Bateman's Longdendale chain of reservoirs, nor the fact that it was the biggest man made waterbody on Earth when it was built (see ITV's response here). Traffic restrictions that had caused confusion before the event were forgotten and traffic flowed freely everywhere.
According to the official website "The Shark of the Strait, aka Vincenzo Nibali, claimed his first stage victory at the Tour de France as he rode away from the main peloton with 2km to go into stage 2 to Sheffield after surviving all the climbs of West and South Yorkshire. The Italian champion is the new race leader with an advantage of two seconds over Peter Sagan who lost the stage but took the lead in the points classification, which is his main goal this year."