Yep. Like Simon Brotherton on the BBC. Carlton Kirby on Eurosport also had to put in some serious padding minus pictures at the same time.
Whoever was doing the world feed (the lack of BBC Sport house style race graphics makes me think it wasn't them - neither was it contracted out to France Televisions) had, up to Putney Bridge a very technically good race. Hardly any break up (despite trees on both sides of the road) and most of it covered via the bikes. So much so, at times I wondered if there was a helicopter as part of the coverage.
Looking at a tv tecchies Twitter feed yesterday, he included a link to flightradar where a French registered plane was circling from around 2.40 from Biggin Hill, so that must have been it.
So, wither there was some failure in the ground broadcast compound, or on board the plane with the MCR receiving units at the worst time imaginable.
"Occasionally it gives us something good, but for the most part, it is pathetic and puerile". Lord Taylor, House Of Commons, 1959.