I had a great time at Stage 5, Stoke.
The start and finish both being local, 3-4 miles away.
I only managed to get a free cap/bottle/gels
Was so good in Trentham for the start as we got to mingle with the riders, chatting etc. Apart from Team Sky, couldn't get near their bus. They stayed in it until the sign on and rode through barriers to get there. The other teams were sitting and chilling in the sun for about an hour before start.
The end of stage 5 was an anti climax, no sprints, just a 'stroll in the park' finish. de Maar did bloody well though after falling off about 7 miles before the end.
We had people bloody moaning about traffic delays, being late for the kids' school, can't get across town after work etc etc. Miserable shits. Probably the same folks who moan that nothing good ever happens around here.
I took some pics, here's a few: