I went along yesterday to watch. It's always great to see bike racing in the city but do they really need to make the course sooo boring? It guarantees nothing will happen and you will get a bunch sprint, as happened in evey stage of this year's TOB. I think they need to cut out the huge long out-and-back along the embankment if they want the racing to be a bit more exciting.
Also, I counted 13 Police motorbike outriders, on this - completely closed road - stage. Are they just there to show off in front of the public or what? Maybe I'm just bitter that grassroots cycle sport is left to flounder with zero Police support while the elite is seen as a great marketing opportunity.