Tour de France chief praises Essex

Brentwood Weekly News: Back row L-R: Jason Fergus, Christian Prudhomme, Cllr Ann Naylor, Cllr Ray Gooding. Front row: Shane and Lana Redgewell Back row L-R: Jason Fergus, Christian Prudhomme, Cllr Ann Naylor, Cllr Ray Gooding. Front row: Shane and Lana Redgewell

PICTURESQUE Essex will be put on the world’s map on July 7 according to the Tour de France’s chief.

Christian Prudhomme lavished praise on the county as he made a whistle stop visit ahead of the 2014 edition of the famous race arrival.

The globe’s top riders will pedal from Cambridge to London for stage three of the tour won last year by Britain’s Chris Froome with Essex being en-route before the finish on The Mall.

Prudhomme who has been general director of the race since 2007 said he fully expects the day to be a success when the county is graced by the cyclists.

The 53-year-old Frenchman said: “My stay here is only short but from what I have seen there are some very picturesque villages in Essex which is a big reason we have decided to come here.

“I think it will be a perfect stage for sprinters as it is flat but also the viewers watching on TV will like it because of the scenery which will be shown from our cameras.

“Many people will come to watch the tour and the race is also shown in 190 countries around the world, so Essex will be put on the map for sure.”

He went onto say he believes due to the flatness of the route, home fans will be in a good chance of rejoicing as it will suit British riders like Mark Cavendish.

With this year being the second time in seven years the race has started in Britain, Prudhomme said it may not be the last time the tour visits Essex.

“Only a couple of years before the Grand Depart in London back in 2007, no-one thought it would be popular,” he said.

“But it was an unforgettable occasion.

“I honestly never thought we would be back so soon, but with the way the sport has grown in the UK it was a sensible choice.

“If it continues to grow, I cannot see why it would not return to Britain and Essex.”

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5:25pm Tue 8 Apr 14

bazza 1 says...

Well I hope no one hits any of the bloody great potholes on the Essex roads, that the County Council have been neglecting for so long. The roads are a disgrace and dangerous. Bad enough if you drive a car, let alone ride a motor bike or bicycle. At the weekend I spent four hours driving in Sussex and Kent, and saw nothing that remotely bore any resemblance to the bad road surfaces in and around Basildon.
Well I hope no one hits any of the bloody great potholes on the Essex roads, that the County Council have been neglecting for so long. The roads are a disgrace and dangerous. Bad enough if you drive a car, let alone ride a motor bike or bicycle. At the weekend I spent four hours driving in Sussex and Kent, and saw nothing that remotely bore any resemblance to the bad road surfaces in and around Basildon. bazza 1
  • Score: 11

6:05pm Tue 8 Apr 14

Lawford Lass says...

I've just replaced my second tyre in 3 weeks.... I hope a bike does fall down one then maybe the councils will be shamed into fixing them!
I've just replaced my second tyre in 3 weeks.... I hope a bike does fall down one then maybe the councils will be shamed into fixing them! Lawford Lass
  • Score: 3

6:12pm Tue 8 Apr 14

Nebs says...

Lawford Lass wrote:
I've just replaced my second tyre in 3 weeks.... I hope a bike does fall down one then maybe the councils will be shamed into fixing them!
Someone should have filmed the tarmac on the route as soon as the announcement was made, and then do the same again a few days before the race. They will be the best roads in Essex, with all potholes filled in.
[quote][p][bold]Lawford Lass[/bold] wrote: I've just replaced my second tyre in 3 weeks.... I hope a bike does fall down one then maybe the councils will be shamed into fixing them![/p][/quote]Someone should have filmed the tarmac on the route as soon as the announcement was made, and then do the same again a few days before the race. They will be the best roads in Essex, with all potholes filled in. Nebs
  • Score: 13

7:00pm Tue 8 Apr 14

Kim Gandy says...

bazza 1 wrote:
Well I hope no one hits any of the bloody great potholes on the Essex roads, that the County Council have been neglecting for so long. The roads are a disgrace and dangerous. Bad enough if you drive a car, let alone ride a motor bike or bicycle. At the weekend I spent four hours driving in Sussex and Kent, and saw nothing that remotely bore any resemblance to the bad road surfaces in and around Basildon.
Agreed and what is happening with the extra funding the government is supposed to be giving councils to fix this problem.

I challenge you all to report nearby potholes via this Essex County Council form..
https://www.essex.go
v.uk/Pages/Report-It
.aspx

....and see how long it takes them to repair it. I reported one weeks ago; it has still not even been paintmarked for fixing and it is on a main thoroughfare - outside Rayleigh station.

Perhaps the Echo should take this up. See how many readers actually see some action on the issues they've reported and how long it takes Essex CC to fix them.

We should call it the Great Pothole Challenge. How about it Echo?
[quote][p][bold]bazza 1[/bold] wrote: Well I hope no one hits any of the bloody great potholes on the Essex roads, that the County Council have been neglecting for so long. The roads are a disgrace and dangerous. Bad enough if you drive a car, let alone ride a motor bike or bicycle. At the weekend I spent four hours driving in Sussex and Kent, and saw nothing that remotely bore any resemblance to the bad road surfaces in and around Basildon.[/p][/quote]Agreed and what is happening with the extra funding the government is supposed to be giving councils to fix this problem. I challenge you all to report nearby potholes via this Essex County Council form.. https://www.essex.go v.uk/Pages/Report-It .aspx ....and see how long it takes them to repair it. I reported one weeks ago; it has still not even been paintmarked for fixing and it is on a main thoroughfare - outside Rayleigh station. Perhaps the Echo should take this up. See how many readers actually see some action on the issues they've reported and how long it takes Essex CC to fix them. We should call it the Great Pothole Challenge. How about it Echo? Kim Gandy
  • Score: 6

10:35pm Tue 8 Apr 14

emcee says...

bazza 1 wrote:
Well I hope no one hits any of the bloody great potholes on the Essex roads, that the County Council have been neglecting for so long. The roads are a disgrace and dangerous. Bad enough if you drive a car, let alone ride a motor bike or bicycle. At the weekend I spent four hours driving in Sussex and Kent, and saw nothing that remotely bore any resemblance to the bad road surfaces in and around Basildon.
Rest assured, Essex Council will put all the roads on the route at the top of their priority repair list and they will be repaired, and maintained (until July 7th, at least), before any other road is even considered. This is a d*mn certainty.
[quote][p][bold]bazza 1[/bold] wrote: Well I hope no one hits any of the bloody great potholes on the Essex roads, that the County Council have been neglecting for so long. The roads are a disgrace and dangerous. Bad enough if you drive a car, let alone ride a motor bike or bicycle. At the weekend I spent four hours driving in Sussex and Kent, and saw nothing that remotely bore any resemblance to the bad road surfaces in and around Basildon.[/p][/quote]Rest assured, Essex Council will put all the roads on the route at the top of their priority repair list and they will be repaired, and maintained (until July 7th, at least), before any other road is even considered. This is a d*mn certainty. emcee
  • Score: 7

7:24am Wed 9 Apr 14

Cliff West says...

A great event comes to Essex and all we do is moan about the state of the roads. Lighten up a bit.
A great event comes to Essex and all we do is moan about the state of the roads. Lighten up a bit. Cliff West
  • Score: 0

8:10am Wed 9 Apr 14

bazza 1 says...

Cliff West wrote:
A great event comes to Essex and all we do is moan about the state of the roads. Lighten up a bit.
Cliff, it is a serious matter, not a moan. It is a danger to ALL road users when the state of road surfaces makes it necessary to look out for pot holes appearing in front of you as you drive/ride on the County's roads. Damage to a car's mechanics is bad enough, but hit one of the bad holes whilst riding a bike or a motorbike, and you could die. What makes it even more dangerous is the fact that most of the road lights go out after midnight, so you might not even have the luxury of being able to see them at all. So please DON'T tell me, or anyone else to lighten up when we point out the appalling bad management of one of the County's assets. It's roads.
[quote][p][bold]Cliff West[/bold] wrote: A great event comes to Essex and all we do is moan about the state of the roads. Lighten up a bit.[/p][/quote]Cliff, it is a serious matter, not a moan. It is a danger to ALL road users when the state of road surfaces makes it necessary to look out for pot holes appearing in front of you as you drive/ride on the County's roads. Damage to a car's mechanics is bad enough, but hit one of the bad holes whilst riding a bike or a motorbike, and you could die. What makes it even more dangerous is the fact that most of the road lights go out after midnight, so you might not even have the luxury of being able to see them at all. So please DON'T tell me, or anyone else to lighten up when we point out the appalling bad management of one of the County's assets. It's roads. bazza 1
  • Score: 6

12:41pm Wed 9 Apr 14

supermadmax says...

Its a disgrace they should be passing southend sea front , a 40km detour is nothing to these pros.
Its a disgrace they should be passing southend sea front , a 40km detour is nothing to these pros. supermadmax
  • Score: 2

5:32pm Wed 9 Apr 14

Howard Cháse says...

emcee wrote:
bazza 1 wrote:
Well I hope no one hits any of the bloody great potholes on the Essex roads, that the County Council have been neglecting for so long. The roads are a disgrace and dangerous. Bad enough if you drive a car, let alone ride a motor bike or bicycle. At the weekend I spent four hours driving in Sussex and Kent, and saw nothing that remotely bore any resemblance to the bad road surfaces in and around Basildon.
Rest assured, Essex Council will put all the roads on the route at the top of their priority repair list and they will be repaired, and maintained (until July 7th, at least), before any other road is even considered. This is a d*mn certainty.
They'll probably spend all that three million quid they promised was going to fix potholes on the stretch of road the race will cover in Essex while all other routes will be untouched.
[quote][p][bold]emcee[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bazza 1[/bold] wrote: Well I hope no one hits any of the bloody great potholes on the Essex roads, that the County Council have been neglecting for so long. The roads are a disgrace and dangerous. Bad enough if you drive a car, let alone ride a motor bike or bicycle. At the weekend I spent four hours driving in Sussex and Kent, and saw nothing that remotely bore any resemblance to the bad road surfaces in and around Basildon.[/p][/quote]Rest assured, Essex Council will put all the roads on the route at the top of their priority repair list and they will be repaired, and maintained (until July 7th, at least), before any other road is even considered. This is a d*mn certainty.[/p][/quote]They'll probably spend all that three million quid they promised was going to fix potholes on the stretch of road the race will cover in Essex while all other routes will be untouched. Howard Cháse
  • Score: 1

9:24pm Wed 9 Apr 14

Cliff West says...

bazza 1 wrote:
Cliff West wrote:
A great event comes to Essex and all we do is moan about the state of the roads. Lighten up a bit.
Cliff, it is a serious matter, not a moan. It is a danger to ALL road users when the state of road surfaces makes it necessary to look out for pot holes appearing in front of you as you drive/ride on the County's roads. Damage to a car's mechanics is bad enough, but hit one of the bad holes whilst riding a bike or a motorbike, and you could die. What makes it even more dangerous is the fact that most of the road lights go out after midnight, so you might not even have the luxury of being able to see them at all. So please DON'T tell me, or anyone else to lighten up when we point out the appalling bad management of one of the County's assets. It's roads.
I agree that the roads are in a terrible state and that something must be done but this a great event and I welcome it. It just seems strange that an article about The Tour de France seems to be a platform for criticising the state of the roads. Sorry to use the word moan and bring on Le Tour 2014
[quote][p][bold]bazza 1[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Cliff West[/bold] wrote: A great event comes to Essex and all we do is moan about the state of the roads. Lighten up a bit.[/p][/quote]Cliff, it is a serious matter, not a moan. It is a danger to ALL road users when the state of road surfaces makes it necessary to look out for pot holes appearing in front of you as you drive/ride on the County's roads. Damage to a car's mechanics is bad enough, but hit one of the bad holes whilst riding a bike or a motorbike, and you could die. What makes it even more dangerous is the fact that most of the road lights go out after midnight, so you might not even have the luxury of being able to see them at all. So please DON'T tell me, or anyone else to lighten up when we point out the appalling bad management of one of the County's assets. It's roads.[/p][/quote]I agree that the roads are in a terrible state and that something must be done but this a great event and I welcome it. It just seems strange that an article about The Tour de France seems to be a platform for criticising the state of the roads. Sorry to use the word moan and bring on Le Tour 2014 Cliff West
  • Score: 1

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