The stage from Cambridge to London was planned as a finale of the Tour do France upcoming edition’s visit to Great Britain, and today more detailed route has been unveiled. The third stage of la Grande Boucle is to be held on July 7th, when cyclists will cover a total distance of 159 km.
According to the Cambridge News, at 12 noon on July 7, the peloton will roll out of Gonville Place, next to Parker's Piece, and pay a visit to all of Cambridge’s iconic sights, including: Regent Street, Sidney Street, Trinity street – with St. John’s and Trinity colleges, King’s Parade considered as the most picturesque street of the city, and will leave Cambridge along Trumpington Road.
On their way to the finish line, as usually placed in front of Buckingham Palace in London, riders will pass through Radwinter and Saffarong Walden.
Tim Bick, the Cambridge City Council's leader, is excited about the city hosting the start of stage 3 which is expected to attract 400,000 people.
"We can be sure that Monday, July 7 will be a day like no other in Cambridge next year," Bick told Cambridge News.
"It’s with real pride that the cycling capital of the UK will welcome the world’s elite sporting cyclists. An amazing and unforgettable spectacle is promised."
"It is awe-inspiring to think of Cambridge being taken over by the greatest cycle race in the world with the spirit, glamour and sheer wonder it will bring," added Martin Curtis, the Cambridgeshire County Council's leader.
"I don’t think anyone can fail to be inspired by seeing the likes of Sir Bradley Wiggins, Chris Froome or Mark Cavendish ride and our challenge is to use this unique opportunity to encourage people onto their bikes."
The 2014 Tour de France begins on Saturday, July 5, with a 191km stage from Leeds to Harrogate. The next day the peloton will race 198km from York to Sheffield followed by Monday's stage from Cambridge to London. The Tour then moves across the English Channel onto the European continent for Tuesday's stage 4, 164km from Le Touquet-Paris-Plage to Lille Métropole in France.
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