Tour de France: One day until 'Le Grand Départ'
Friday, July 6, 2007
London is preparing for Le Grand Départ of the 2007 Tour de France. The route, which will run through the Greenwich Millennium Village, is being prepared for the Départ. The Tour de France will be in London and the South East for the two days of the 7th and 8th of July. The event will start in Trafalgar Square at 15:00 BST (UTC+1).
The parts of the Tour that London will be hosting are the Prologue and Stage One. The Prologue will be on Saturday, the 7th of July, starting in Trafalgar Square at 15:00 BST and finishing at 18:20 BST. Stage One will be on the following day, starting in Greenwich at 11:00 BST and finishing in Canterbury, Kent.
Over the years the Tour de France has seen 52 British riders; the first being Charley Holland and Bill Burl in 1937. Londoners may get to see today's riders on their two wheels, but they will be followed by 1,500 vehicles, 13,000 policemen and women patrolling the route and 2,300 members of the world press.
During the event many roads will be closed along the route and off it. The official website provides detailed information.
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- Press Release: "Tour de France" — , July 6, 2007
- Press Release: "Mayor pledges most spectacular Grand Depart for the Tour de France" — , July 4, 2007
- "Tour de France celebrations" — , June 28, 2007
- Press Release: "Tour de France comes to town" — , May 9, 2007
- "Ken: It'll be a Tour to remember" — , October 26, 2006
- Tour de France - official website of the race
- Tour de France London - official 'Le Grand Depart' website by the City of London